“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” – Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV)
The land of Israel was given to the Jews. “Then Moses said to Hobab, the son of Moses’ father-in-law Reuel the Midianite, “We are setting out for the place of which the LORD said: ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us, and we will treat you well, for the LORD has promised good things to Israel,” (Numbers 10:29). Even after many were later dispersed, the scriptures would come true: “Even if you have been banished to the farthest horizon, He will gather you and return you from there. And the LORD your God will bring you into the land your fathers possessed, and you will take possession of it. He will cause you to prosper and multiply more than your fathers” (Deuteronomy 30:4-5).
Although characterized as the “land of honey” Israel, pales much compared to other richer parts of the world. Largely rocky less than a quarter of her land is arable. In the last five years the country has also endured a severe drought. Yet in spite of all, throughout history, there has been a long and heroic struggle to keep the promise of this land. Weather near or at large the Israelites have never given up on a land that was long promised to their fore fathers.
In life we all do have promises from God that we know deep within us. But just like the Israelites, for some reason, our possession has been tempered with, or, actually snatched from us! The choice is then left to us: either to hold on to the faith of the promise, and fight for our land or let it go forever into the hands of the enemy. The Israelites in their long battles, conquest and holding on to Israel, teach us never to give up on that which God has promised to us!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, I thank you for the rich blessings from you, and today I pray that where the enemy has sought to snatch the promises of God for my life, I may persevere in faith to duly return that which belongs to me!