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To Take Possession of the Land

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 at 11:05 pm

God doesn’t give us everything we want right now. There are numerous reasons why he chooses to have us wait for something, one of which I want to talk about here. In my progress through Exodus I came across a passage that helped me add a new reason to my growing number of reasons why I think God has us wait. Here’s the passage in Exodus, Chapter 23. God says:

27 “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. 28 I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. 29 But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.

The Israelites wait to occupy the full area of land God has promised to give them so that it doesn’t “become desolate”. He wants the Israelites to occupy the land when it’s ready to be the most productive for them. The nations living there now are tending the land, keeping the wild beasts away, building houses and wells, etc. God desires that when the Israelites occupy their new territory it will give them everything it can give.

Let’s apply this to our lives. There are a few things I can see that can easily take the place of the land in the scenario above: myself and the area that I desire to work in (for example, a job or missions in a certain country). Because we know that God is working everything together for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28), and because we know that he disciplines us as a Father does his child, so that we grow up into greater maturity (Heb 12:7-11), we can trust that he’s both working in the place we desire to go and working in our life so that we will become better equipped to make a difference in that place.

God is preparing all things for what he has planned, for the advancement of his kingdom. He’s planting seeds now that will come to fruition in, say, 20 years. He wants his work to be the most fruitful and productive it can be – so he causes us to wait while he prepares the soil ahead of time and builds our muscles so we can till it well.

I hope this helps me (and you!) to understand waiting better. It’s been helpful for me to understand that waiting doesn’t mean there’s something wrong – it means that God is working in us and in whatever it is we’re hoping for, to develop it into a place that offers enormous blessings.

God’s makes us wait because he wants to provide the best, richest, fullest gift possible. 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