August 21st, 2023 Monday Motivator
I’ve been talking a lot about the Israelites for a good reason.
Heads up, I plan to talk about them for a while because their journey to the promised land highlights things we should NOT do if we trust God.
One of the biggest things that shocked me about the Israelites was when they began glamorizing their past.
They talked about the past as if they were missing out or simply missing being there. They had an attitude of “The good ole days.”
To give you a refresher, their past consisted of being enslaved people in Egypt! Bearing hard, undeserved, cruel labor, a past one should never want to return to.
But somehow, they wished they could go back. Why?
They were glamorizing the past because the present journey was difficult.
The Israelites were not dying in the wilderness; they were marching to their promised land. But all they could see was the difficulty of the march.
They allowed the challenges faced in transition to steal their joy.
They allowed transition challenges to cause them to forget the One traveling with them—the One who already made provision for their journey.
They were in the center of God’s will, in the hollow of His hand, the apple of His eye, the sheep of His pasture, and so are you!
Do not get distracted by sweat and the difficulty of the uphill climb! You’re still going up!
I don’t know about you, but I rejoice that God has set me free from the past. I don’t look at it as “the good ole days”, but with gratefulness for what God has taken me from and where He has placed me now.
Don’t let what you’re going through now steal your joy to the point you wish you could time travel back into the past.
God has nothing but good plans for you.
His plans are not to harm you but to give you a future, and right now, although it might seem otherwise, you are just on the journey to the promised land filled with milk and honey.
This is just a little reminder that the journey won’t be as arduous when you let go of the excess baggage and remember who’s with you.
God never left the Israelites. He ALWAYS provided food, water, and anything else they needed. That was to show you He’ll also do the same for you!
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PROMISE AS YOU JOURNEY.
Exodus 3:7-8, “Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”