Don’t Look Back from the Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also make yourself a prince over us? (Numbers 16:13 ESV)

God miraculously delivered the Israelites from Egypt. He promised a land flowing with milk and honey.

They had been slaves to the Egyptians and had been abused—even having their children murdered.

So what did they do? They cry out to God (Exodus 2:23-25). He heard their cries and rescued them from oppression. God didn’t promise an easy journey through the wilderness and into the Promised Land.

A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey Lies Ahead

On their way through the

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Philippians 1:6 – God’s Not Done With You

I wish my testimony was one of unwavering faith.

I wish my high school class mates would all tell the same stories of my obvious love for Jesus. Of my commitment to the Gospel at all costs…

Now, some of them would. Because I do love Jesus and am committed to the Gospel.

But others wouldn’t because they’ve seen me fall to sin and act pridefully.

In fact, I’d wager that many of us are this way. We wish we could have another chance at past situations.

These were my thoughts prior to writing this. Pretty grim way to spend an afternoon, right?

But here was God’s answer to my angst and self-disappointment:

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How To Grow A Vibrant Spiritual Life

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Proverbs 24:30–34 ESV

I’ve always thought about today’s passage in an external sense, rather than about the spiritual life. After all, that’s how it presents itself.

The lazy person reaps ruin while the diligent can expect a healthy harvest.

Simple. Makes sense. It’s a good challenge to keep me working hard and ensure I don’t let myself slack off.

But what if we consider this sowing-and-reaping principle in terms of our spiritual life? Specifically in our relationship with God.

We might not all live in castles or own vineyards, but we do all have the most valuable possession in the world: a human heart, soul, and spiritual life that needs tending.

Which scene resembles your inner quality of life in the following ways:

    1. Your spiritual life and relationship with the Lord,
    2. and your relationship with yourself?

If you’re like me, it’s probably a mix of the two.

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