Enter and Possess
“Go,” the Lord said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.” - Deuteronomy 10:11 Over and over, God gave Israel a revelation: her people will “possess the land.” He gave them a vision of the Promised Land, to which they clung for centuries. But how often, I wonder, did they ask, how will it come to pass?
Even now, when they POSSESS the land, they are embroiled in a continuous battle to keep it.
I have learned that when the Lord opens our eyes by revelation to something in His Word, or something we will SEE coming to pass, He hides many of the details. I’ve received promises that I see and claim. Then my mind works hard at trying to figure out how they will come to pass.
There are always surprises in the fulfillment of the promise. No amount of prayer, meditation, dreams, or visions will ever give us all the details; that is why we often think we know more than we actually have been shown.
Even the best and brightest of the prophets were surprised by the actual events that ultimately fulfilled the prophecy. God allows the drama, suspense, romance, and revelation that we experience when He is in control--not us.
Whenever I think certain things should happen in a particular way, I’m usually wrong. I’m in good company. Even John the Baptist questioned Jesus after baptizing, hearing, and seeing Him in the flesh.
Some things just didn’t fit what he had pictured out there in the desert. And yet, even so, by Jesus own words, there was none greater than John!
We need to give up many of our preconceived ideas. God fulfills His Word and His promises in ways I’m not capable of considering. Consider how Jesus came the first time. Most of His own people weren’t prepared for the manner in which God “became flesh” in Jesus Christ.
All we can do is stand back, smile, and say, “Lord, you are truly amazing! I never would have thought of that. You have done what You said in such a beautiful and sensitive way, beyond anything I could have dreamed or imagined!”
[Photo: David Linder, CreationSwap]