“Get excited about the Promised Land before you. Yes, there’ll be giants in the land. But it’s a good land. Go take it, by faith.” – Susie Larson
The Israelites had finally reached their place of promise after years of slavery in Egypt, seeing the miraculous happen before their eyes, rejoicing and praising God, falling into false idol worship and pagan ritual in the desert, wandering and wailing and bickering and doubting…
God still brought them to the land “flowing with milk and honey” He had promised to give to them (Exodus 3:17). Even so, He was still good to them. Even so, they experienced the never-ending mercy and grace of the Lord.
And they froze when they saw the giants. They refused to move into their place of promise because they were afraid, and that fear kept them from taking hold of the blessings that were always theirs to begin with.
Have you ever considered that the Promised Land could still have obstacles?
We live in a flawed and broken world. Nothing here is free of struggles and challenges. And as Christians, we sometimes shake our fists when the trials are before us — as if we are somehow supposed to be exempt from pain and suffering, just because we trusted God with our lives.
The will of God is good. It’s perfect. And it’s completely out of our control.
Giving Him our lives and allowing Him to work through us isn’t always a pretty package. When His sovereignty and our brokenness collide, it’s actually a great big mess that only His mercy and grace can wash clean.
“Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow.” – Elvina M. Hall
Have you ever considered that the Promised Land could be inhabited by giants?
It’s not an easy road to follow. And yet, when you come to the realization that this land is YOURS and it is still GOOD because God has been with you every step…that’s when you begin to truly experience the blessing. When you realize that you have been given the victory before you see it come to fruition, that changes your perspective and gives you the courage to step forward and face those giants.
The giants might be intimidating. But they don’t have the power of Jesus on their side.
When the Israelites finally decided to risk it and lay claim to the land that God promised, they were specifically reminded, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) And that led the charge for some of the most powerful victories in the history of the nation of Israel.
Because they now truly understood; the land was theirs, regardless of appearances. Victory was theirs because God was with them.
The land was still good. Because God was there.
So, the next time I’m tempted to believe the lie that I’ve taken the wrong turns and missed the blessing, or when I’m afraid to take the next step…I’m reminded of the Israelites in the Promised Land. Today, I will be courageous and strong, because no matter what I’m facing, God is there. And I often revisit this quote by Lisa Bevere: “If you think you’ve blown God’s plan for your life, rest in this. You, my beautiful friend, are not that powerful.”
It’s your place of promise. The giants are temporary.
And the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.