Friend #9 — The Promised Land is There!

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Tuesday I spent almost 5 hours at the doctor’s office getting a glucose tolerance test.  It wasn’t hard to get the sweet stuff down, but afterwards my digestive system wasn’t happy.  I spent the first hour or so in a haze, studying my Bible with my one-armed reading glasses or just playing scrabble when I felt too rotten to focus on anything else.  Then I started feeling better and I was able to be productive with my time — catching up with people by text or phone, looking for cars on my phone internet.  In the last hour I crashed.  They asked me how I felt, and I said I was getting a little lightheaded.  When I stood up, I was REALLY lightheaded.  The bland looking male nurse with his little goatee took a blood sugar reading and stated nonchalantly, “She’s done.”  It was 53 — way low! I was vaguely aware that he put a juice box in my hand and I sucked that thing down, and almost immediately started to feel better.

The good part about all of this is that I got to know the new lab technician.  I made a friend!  Her husband is in the military, and they moved here from Texas a few months ago.  She was genuinely caring, an honest person with no artifice about her.  Somehow as my head was spinning from the low sugar, I shared with her about our church and my life.  I learned about her story.  She lives in Columbus and I invited her to the Bible talk there.  We exchanged phone numbers.  The time ended on an encouraging note.  To God be the glory!

I read through several chapters of Exodus while I was in the waiting room.  What really struck me is how God always knew what the end of the story was going to be.  He told Abraham how the Israelites would be captive in Egypt, and then would be delivered.  He knew that the Israelites would one day possess the Promised Land.

But God didn’t just hand them the Promised Land on a platter.  He didn’t make it easy for them.  Right after they crossed the Red Sea he led them through the desert and they did not have water for three days.  When they finally found water, it was bitter.  Of course they began to doubt and complain.

I can relate so well to the whiny Israelites.  In the past few weeks I have found myself thinking worst case scenarios — maybe God wants me to go through some terrible health challenges, maybe I’ll get sued somehow for the car accident.  Sometimes I haven’t at all remembered that God is the deliverer, and He will see me through to the other side of this challenge.

BUT GOD IS THE DELIVERER.  HE WILL SEE US THROUGH EVERY CHALLENGE, AND TAKE US TO THE OTHER SIDE.  “In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. . . You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance– the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established. Ex 15;13, 17

Here is the thing — the Promised Land is already there.  It’s waiting for us.  God knows it is there.  He just wants us to walk with Him and trust him through the times of hardship that will come, that it is on the other side.

And our destiny to become a super hero is already written.  I listened to a message recently on this.  We are God’s adopted children, the royal priesthood.  We have powerful ingredients, everything we need to become great for God.  Through life, if we follow Him, He will shape us into what He always intended for us to be.

God WILL be glorified. We can walk with Him, hand in hand, trusting in Him that GLORY is before us.  Or we can take the path of doubt and darkness, stress and bleakness.  “And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”  Ex 14:17-18

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. II Tim 4:17-18

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