God’s Promise: Go Get It!

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If God has a promise in store for you, don’t sit idly by and wait and watch to see what happens. Go get it!

At the conclusion of Deuteronomy, we learn that  the people of Israel have fled Egypt, made their way through the wilderness, and finally arrived at the Jordan River, the last barrier between them and God’s promise (i.e., the land “flowing with milk and honey” [Deuteronomy 11:9]). Nevertheless, God didn’t hesitate to encourage Joshua and His people to finish the job and inherit the promise. Even though they were close, God knew that proximity didn’t guarantee promise, and there would be hurtles and obstacles to navigate (cf. Deuteronomy 31:1-6). The people knew it, too. And isn’t it just like us to circumnavigate half the world only to allow the last few obstacles to deter us from reaching our destination? But that’s not our destiny. Think about it–

If you’re an athlete, you know that you need hard work, repetition, and endurance to achieve your goal of self-satisfaction and better play.

If you’re a student, you know that you need the proper media, breadth of learning, and thoughtful consideration of opposing views to achieve the goal of your own academic identity.

If you’re a spouse, you know that you need time, forgiveness, and understanding to achieve the goal of a happy marriage.

If you’re a parent, you know that you need wisdom, patience, and selfless love to achieve the goal of healthy, happy children.

If you’re a Christian, the rules are the same–you have to achieve the goal of God’s promise by working diligently toward it. Even Jesus understood this, as the author of Hebrews writes, “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the same, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

We need to stop acting as if God’s promises precede our passionate pursuit.

If God has a promise in store for you, don’t sit idly by and wait and watch to see what happens. Go get it!

Here’s to inheriting promises,

Joe

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