Sadly, the generation who heard these words did not enter the Land and did not reap the harvest. Their spies walked its valleys, saw its cities, and even brought out its fruit; yet because they did not believe God, they did not enter into the Land. Faith is always the key.
The real question with God is never "if"; when He speaks, His word is sure and His promises are true. His promises and plans are stated as if they've already come to pass; they simply await the appropriation of His people. When His children embrace His promises, confess them as so, and act as if what God has said is more true than their circumstances indicate, then He moves Heaven and Earth to keep His promises and show His power. He never doubted that they would have the land--He had created and prepared it for them. All His promises were offered--and accepted--in faith.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
- Why does God require the same thing from the priests that He requires from the people?
- What does the wave offering represent?
- Why are annual celebrations so important to God? Important to the people?
Praise to God reminds us that all that we have comes from Him. Praise is reflective and anticipatory. Thank Him for specific provisions He has made for you in the past and for His gracious provision in the future.