So, you know the story of Israel not being allowed into the promised land because of their disobedience? Well I have been reading all about that in the Old Testament lately and found myself being very judgmental with the Israelites. I just kept thinking “What the heck, Israel? Hasn’t God shown you His strength time and time again? Haven’t you reaped the consequences of disobedience long enough? Don’t you see that God’s ways are the best ways? LISTEN why don’t you!?!” But passing judgment doesn’t help anyone, does it? So I began to ponder with the Holy Spirit about what I could learn.
An entire generation of Israelites ultimately missed the promised land because of the fear of ten men. Twelve spies went in to scout the land and bring back report. All were excited about the land and what it would provide for their nation, but only two had faith in God’s promise to defeat the nations already there. The other ten men let intimidation and fear rule their decision and they spread that throughout the entire nation of Israel. Fear became their god and as a result they were not allowed to enter… ever! They had to wander for forty years until the unbelieving generation was gone and then their children could inherit the land. But God’s desire was for them all to be dwelling in the promise land, not wandering in the desert.
All of this makes me desire an obedient, faithful life before God even more! And not just for my sake, but for my boys! It would be heartbreaking for me to know that my disobedience to God in some way held my kids back from living even more in the “promised land” of their destiny. The children of the “disobedient generation” in Israel had to wander during those forty years as well, when their growing up was meant to be done IN the inheritance God had for them. One of our prayers is that our children would go above and beyond the life that we lead before God. That they would in a sense “stand on our shoulders” to achieve more and to see more of His kingdom on earth than we ever could! We want to lead lives that propel them forward to take hold of all that Christ has created them for and that it would be a generational legacy. Of course each person has their choice to make… we can’t force this dream to happen. BUT as we live in obedience to God instead of fear, we can enter into the destiny or “promised land” intended for us which will make it less of a struggle for our kids to walk in their destiny.
I suppose to put it more simply: God is continuing to deepen the knowledge in my heart that the way I live out my life before Him does not just affect me… it affects my children and my children’s children and my children’s children’s children. I don’t want to miss the promised land. And not just for my sake, but for the sake of generations to come.