Our best days are ahead of us writes pastor and author Max Lucado. Just like the Israelites, we can enter the Promised Land, but many believers are living in survival mode. We have become a slave to fear, anger, jealousy, and unforgiveness. In God’s Kingdom there is power to drop offense by leaning totally on Him to reach Canaan—a place of grace.
“The Promised Land was the third stop on the Hebrews’ iconic itinerary. Their pilgrimage started in Egypt, continued through their wilderness and concluded in Canaan. Each land represents a different condition of life," Lucado shared in Glory Days. “Geography is theology.”
During their time in the wilderness they were free from pharaoh, but enslaved to fear. They refused to enter the Promised Land, and let go of the desert. Egypt symbolizes the days before we were cleansed from our sin and saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. He is the one that has won the fight for us. He is the one to set us free from death, and gave us life.
Yet, we remain feeling defeated Christians. The problem is we need to keep God in the center of life. We don’t believe that we have an inheritance through the blood of Jesus.
Live with great expectation through Him. You need ongoing trust in God, and you don’t have to face challenges the same way, he said. In Joshua (1: 1-9) the people were given the land, but they didn’t believe God would do what He promised. It was their right to take thier land. You can too.
“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
Think of what practical ways you can enter the Promised Land. Is it holding onto unforgiveness, or not making God the center of your life? Don’t choose to be enslaved to sin, or discouragement.