Now the Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides [the women and] the children. Exodus 12:37
We are told that when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, there were six hundred thousand men along with women and children. Commentaries vary, but on average they determine between two to three million Israelites left Egypt following God’s mighty display of glory and power.
Do you know how many out of the two million made it to the Promised Land?
Two! Only two made it!
Joshua and Caleb were the only two who were found to be faithful. They were the only two that could be trusted with the Promised Land. The only two that passed every test and trial of the wilderness. I guess you could say that the odds of making it into the Promised Land were one in a million. A little better than winning the Powerball, but not much.
My question is, are our odds any better? How many of us will make it to our Promised Land?
I am not talking about salvation. The Word tells us in John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. I am talking about our Promised Land- our full inheritance as sons and daughters of the Most High God. There is a difference.
Our full inheritance includes the fulfillment of every Promise God gives us in His written and spoken word. It includes healing, provision, wisdom, revelation, blessing, peace, favor, hope, authority, and so much more.
Now you may be reading this thinking “I am sick, anxious, broke, and defeated. When does this ‘full inheritance’ happen?”
I’m glad you asked :). It happens when we, like the Israelites, come through our wilderness season victorious. It comes when we pass every test and trial with a grit and determination to believe God’s promises regardless of what our current situation may look like.
It’s not easy. After all- the odds for the Israelites were one in a million! I confess I am not living in the fullness yet, though I will tell you this- I am a whole lot closer than I was a year ago. I am a whole lot closer than I was a week ago. I am even closer than I was yesterday. Determined to pass the tests and trials, I am taking a step each and every day onto MY Promised Land, until I fully possess it!
So you may be thinking “If the odds were one in a million for the Israelites, how in the world do I stand a chance?”
That, my Beloveds, is the beauty of God’s Word. The account of the Israelite journey through the wilderness has been given to us so that we do not fall into the same traps and temptations that they fell into. We will study and see where they “missed it” so that we won’t make the same mistakes over and over again.
Oh we have ALL made many of the same mistakes the Israelites did. You will see that as we move forward in our study. However- we must read these things in light of the new covenant. The blood of Jesus covers our multitude of sin and mistakes and even though we have failed the tests time and time again, His grace is sufficient to carry us through. His mercies are new each day, ready to be poured out on those that will go to Him to receive it.
So rejoice daughters of the living God! There is still time to receive our full inheritance! There is still time to pass the tests and trials of this world! There is still time to possess your Promised Land! But we must study so we do not continue to stumble.
I encourage you to start thinking about your Promised Land. What do you need from Abba Father? What things in your life are not lining up with God’s Word? What are the things the Lord has spoken to your heart about the plans and purposes He has for your life? Take a few minutes today to write down the desires of your heart. Don’t judge them. Whatever comes to your heart- write it down, and keep it before you. Do not lose sight of YOUR land!
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your written Word that is a lamp unto my feet. I thank you that you have recorded your Promises for us to stand upon. I thank you for recording the journeys of those that have gone before us so that we can learn how to be victorious and how to possess our land. Holy Spirit, reveal to me the deep desires of my heart. The desires I once had. The desires I have given up on. The desires that YOU have for ME! I ask for the grace to believe your Promises as I stand in the midst of my wilderness. Help me to see every circumstance as You see them. Help me to keep my eyes on You as I take steps towards my full inheritance. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!
Beating the One in a Million Odds,