Joshua 1:11 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’’
I believe we each have our Promised Land, and I’m not speaking about heaven. I think of this as the area in which God has prepared and called us to, our purpose. The place where we dwell in and use the gifts given to us to edify others and the world around us. There is an energy that flows easily, although not always easy, and creates beauty. It’s our area! To me, this is living in our Promised Land.
Living in our Promised Land isn’t just going to happen. Perhaps, but not likely without action on our part. Raising kids, we want them to understand the value of hard work. If I gave my son everything he wanted without requiring his participation, I would not be doing a good job as his mother. How would he learn to care for himself? Most importantly, it could lead to a feeling of entitlement and there would be no ownership or partnership with others. It means so much more when we have put something of ourselves into what we want. We treasure it and care for the things we have worked for. We’re going to have to put some effort in. There will be uncomfortable battles, questions, challenges and obstacles all requiring us to step out!
Those phrases “to go in to take possession” and “God is giving you to possess” require present life action on our part. We aren’t always just given something to possess. God told them to go in and take possession! The Promised Land is waiting and prepared, we must take a step of action and receive that which God is giving us to possess.
What small step can you take, even if you don’t know the exact path? What little step of action, or giant leap, can you take right now? Is it a prayer, phone call, talking it out with a friend? Claim it! Do it! And don’t get distracted! It’s o.k. if it turns out that you need to switch direction, because “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)