The Promised LandSeries: Managing Transition
“The Promised Land” is a phrase that has been used ever since the Israelites entered Canaan thousands of years ago. Secularly, it’s been used to describe any place of rest or comfort, any place of healing or peace. Biblically, it’s been used to speak of Canaan directly, or of the final Promised Land—heaven. In these dark and difficult days, heaven has probably been on our mind more than usual. What will it be like? How much longer do we have to wait? Will we get to see ________? All of these are questions I often ask myself. There’s a special longing that we have right now, made more real to us with current societal pressures. There is a warning given in Scripture about the Promised Land. In Hebrews, the writer is using the example of Israel and their failure to enter the Promised Land the first time. He gives this warning and makes this statement: “ ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’…So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.” (Heb. 3:15, 19) The people didn’t make it in the Promised Land the first time because of hard, rebellious and unbelieving hearts. I think there is a danger in our current crisis end up the same way, to harden our hearts as well. We can allow what is going on to distract us, make us lose faith, and ultimately pull us away on our own journey to the Promised Land. Don’t let it happen.
Be faithful. The Promised Land is near.