It’s a critical time for us as a country, as a people, and in each every single one of our lives. No one needs to remind us of time’s short and lame promises in comparison to our long list of aspirations. Sigh. No pressure. No pressure
In going forward, I just wanted to encourage you to stay positive and expecting more. Don’t quit in your fervor and chase for the good things in this life that God has for us.
It reminds me of a passage in Numbers 13:16-23 ,
This was a critical time for the people of God. They had been promised by God a land that would flow of “milk and honey”. That pretty much means abundance and prosperity. It would be prosperous and overflowing with nothing but goodness and they had come in the land and sent in spies. Why? In essence to get a sneak peek of what the gift from God would like.
Well…They had returned after 40 days and showed the people the fruit and gave Moses an account of the things they had seen.
“We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey!
The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.
30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
vs. 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.
“The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
There was a serious 180 in their believing. They had already forgotten what God had promised. They were confused and overwhelmed with the “bigness” of the gift that only a few seconds ago they were assured they could have. They question their right to have it, their ability to take it. This where I think many of us live, unfortunately.
I remember one time I had gotten this huge opportunity to have this job that I thought I was not qualified for. It was weird and exciting at the same time. I had to kind of get use to it in my head and I had gotten fearful due to its “bigness” to me and lost it.
Unlike what is presumed….
So much of this journey–of Christianity is about possessing, physically having it hand. Completion. Fulfillment.
Unlike what is assumed…
God gives us those things but the confusion is not whether or not we really have it. “It” being that thing that God has given us to desire. It’s how we go about get it.
“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” – Anonymous
Words cast thoughts and thoughts build worlds that have the power to catapult us into jungles of confusion and doubt or into complete serenity and being at peace of the realm around us and its meaning.
So be careful of the thoughts you choose to entertain. In this passage, there are 2 examples.
Lie #1: The land of which we have gone in search–its eats up the inhabitants thereof. Translation:(In other words, this gift that has been given to me, is too big to handle. Are you sure I can have this? It’s a lot. I mean I have done very little to deserve anything like this )
God says: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17), this means what’s for you is for you regardless of what you’ve done
Translation: Yeah. Sure it’s yours.
Lie #2: WE SAW THE GIANTS! we are grasshoppers in our eyes and so we were in their sight as well. (Translation: I can’t do anything. I am tiny. insignificant and unimportant)
God says: You can do ALL things. (Philippians 4:13.)
Each time God promises a word of restoration, salvation, endless possibility and peace. This season is unlike any other. All the other holidays-lack in comparison when it comes to the story that affects all of us. Because it touches all of us. It’s a season of believing but I’d dare for us to make it a whole year of believing. We can;t forget the marvel of the love story of Jesus Christ not only coming to earth but making all things available to us. Not just to die for us but to qualify us within the realm of his love and grace. Which by the way is endless. …
In a world, that challenges us on all fronts of believing.
In a world, that demands that we accept its’ interpretation of living in reality versus our own.
In a world that is seemingly determined to dim our hope.
I say stand strong. Prove them wrong. Lies are just that they are lies. Let’s not forget that God never lets down those he loves. He has not forsaken us.
Stay Strong, Resilient and Self-Assured. Let’s shatter the expectations of 2017 and make it mean a little more.
Happy New Year