I’ve been pondering the Children of Israel and their wilderness experience. What’s remarkable about stories from the Bible is how timeless they are—continuously relevant words, inspired by the Holy Spirit—never dreary.
The truth that I’ve been reflecting upon, is how God was with the Children of Israel. Yes, they were in the wilderness, but He was very near. God was a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day.
God’s manifest presence was constantly close.
The truth is; abundance is not always found at the end of a crisis. The promise land was available to the Children of Israel right where they were, right in the middle of the wilderness. Their desire to have their needs met blinded them from seeing Him.
God is the Promise Land. Jesus—Emanuel—God with us—is the Promise. He is the abundance. Everything else is extra.
This concept makes life good. No matter our circumstance—if we live in the promise land—continually in God’s presence—aware of His great love. Then we will know—there is nothing that can stand against us, nothing too big or too hard to detour our life.
It all depends on which presence we choose to live in. God is omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere. The presence of God that dwells in an intimate relationship, is the presence I’m referring to. To live in this presence, we have to bypass a casual relationship with God and seek to know Him, not just know about Him.
In Psalm 46:10 we are told “Be still, and know that I am God.” Basically cease striving and struggling to get somewhere in life and know Him. Stop trying to get what you need from God, and just get God!
Surely the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence (before Your very face). Psalm 140:13
What if the Children of Israel shifted their point of view, and truly perceived that the cloud and the fire was God. What if they had the revelation that He was with them—right there with them, and that He was the Promise Land—He was all they needed. What if they caught a glimpse of how much He loved them?
What if we shift our thoughts about God and realize He is the Promise Land. What if we stop looking for the promises and just look into the eyes of the One who makes the promises? How would that change our life?
Please be encouraged—whether you’re in a wilderness or not, the Promise Land is available to you now. It’s not something to arrive at—the Promise Land is in the journey—always with you—never forsaking you—desiring relationship—always loving you.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalms 16:11