God has a “promised land” for everyone of us. A promised land is a place or situation where we will have prosperity, peace and protection. The question is, have you reached yours? Are you in the process of getting there? Do you even know where you are going?
I wanted to find for myself where I am in terms of my own Promised Land. I want to think long and hard, especially to pray about it. I want to be in my promised land. But first, I need to know what the promise is for myself.
Again, we will have to go back to the Bible for what He has in store for us. For some people, the promise will come in a vision, a dream, an inspired thought, but for most of us, the Bible will and can speak to us.
Many will not know the Lord’s promise for them simply because they do not know Him. That is sad. A very famous verse, Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT) says, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” This promise holds true for everyone who has a persnal relationship with Jesus, God’s only begotten Son.
To the many who will not find, or worse, gain knowledge of this promised land, they will be like the rebellious generation of Israelites who wandered the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan (Israel’s literal Promised Land). It would have only taken 11 days to travel from Egypt to their Promised Land. Bickering and rebellion took them 40 years to enter. Regrettably, these were the people who knew God’s plan for them.
I can feel Moses’ pain in the first chapter of the book of Deuteronomy when they were about to cross the Jordan river and preparing to enter the Promised Land. Moses would not be entering himself and would only get a glimpse of the land God is giving the Israelites. Moses is angry and sad, but at the same time, he understands the Lord’s plan for him. Moses’ Promised Land is to lead the chosen people of Israel, the descendants of His faithful servant, Abraham.
We may be in a “wandering stage” wondering if we will ever get to our Promised Land. Take heart my friend, God’s plan for Israel’s wandering was to root out all the “evil” in their midst. It may just be the same for you.