With my future in mind
January 29, 2020: SOAP #3709: Exodus 23-24; Psalm 14; Acts 5
Scripture: Exodus (NIV) 23:28 I will send the hornetahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. 29But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would becomedesolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I willdrive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possessionof the land.
Observation: The HeavenlyFather would keep His promise to Israel about the land. He had made clear promises to their fathersabout the land. He had delivered them fromEgypt that he might give them this Promised Land.
But in His wisdom, God knew it was too much land for their present size. God was thinking of their future. He gave them a land that would fit theirfuture. It would take time for them to growto inhabit the whole land. If the wholeland was cleared of its present inhabitants, the land would become desolate andtaken over by wild animals.
The Promised Land was too big for the 70 people that moved to Egypt. In Egypt, they had multiplied into a greatnation of 2,400,000+; but the land was still too big for them to fill.
Application: God alwayshas our future in mind when giving us our present blessings. He is not just considering what we need now,but what will be needed in the future. Goduses present challenges to prepare us for future challenges. Present struggles are preparing heavenlyrewards.
Prayer: HeavenlyFather, forgive me for complaining about the difficulties, struggles, andchallenges I face here. Not only do youhelp me through each one, but you use them to prepare me for my future eternallife with you in heaven. Wow!!! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!