May 18, 2008

A Land Flowing With Milk & Honey...

Deuteronomy 6:10-12

10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

The other day, during my (Matthew) quiet time with the Lord these verses were part of the passage in which I was reading. It speaks of God’s provisions for the nation of Israel. When the people entered the promise land they were given much for which they did not work and sweat. Not only did the Lord provide these things, He brought them to this promise land from slavery in Egypt and from wondering in the wilderness. In these verses, we see the loving and gracious character of God. He brought these people, who He foreknew would abandon Him, out of slavery and out of the rebellion of the wilderness into a wonderful life in a land with so many comforts and so much wealth or to paraphrase Scripture, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey’.

I thank the Lord of Heaven and Earth that I know this amazing God and that I have experienced His grace and mercy. For you see, I was a slave to my sin and wandered in a wilderness of worldly desires. However, God chose to reach into to this world and to bring me out of this slavery and wandering to a land flowing with so many riches. Like the Apostle Paul, I so often feel like the most offensive sinner of all. Nevertheless, thankful my past and present sins are forgiven. The gracious gift of Jesus Christ, His life, death, and resurrection has brought me to a land I could not have even hoped for a dozen years ago. A land where my sins are forgiven, were I can trust the health/safety of my children to one who cares for them more than I, and thankfully to a place where I can rest for my Savior and Lord is in control.

Thank you God that you still a God which continues daily to reach into this sinful world and bring sinners out of slavery and wondering into a land flowing with mild and honey.