The Promised Land

          I find it interesting to consider the journey of the Israelites. After wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, ready to take possession of the land God promised them, a land flowing with mild and honey, some of them were ready to settle on the near-side of the Jordan because it was “good enough” for them.  [See Numbers 32]
It wasn’t the Promised Land God intended for their possession but they were content to settle for a possession of their own making.  I am really curious about all the implications that had for them throughout their history.
The point again is made in Joshua 1 when Joshua addresses the officers of the people to “take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving” (Joshua 1:11) them to possess.
Then when addressing the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this lane, your wives, and your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and hall help them, until the LORD gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.” Joshua 1:12-15
I share that long Scriptural excerpt to make this point.  God intended for the two and a half tribes to cross the Jordan and to take possession with the other nine and a half tribes but allowed them to settle for less than His best for them.
In this passage the distinction is made that God gave the Israelites possession of the Promised Land but Moses gave the two and a half tribes their possession on the nearside of the Jordan – just outside the Promised Land.
What do we miss out on because we are willing to settle for less than God’s best for us?  In what ways are we content with “good enough”? Are there ways we accept man’s best rather than God’s best?
Is there a Jordan River standing between where I am and where God wants me to be?  Lord, may I not settle for “good enough” but only to seek hard after You until I possess all that You intend for me.


Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick.  In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events.  She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years.  She has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all.  She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.

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