While reading our assignment of Numbers 31-33 I was really struck by the
fact that 3 tribes asked for a different land from the promised land to
be their inheritance.
What struck me about this request was the fact that the Israelites had
already been wandering around the desert for 40 years because of their
disobedience and now the 3 tribes ask for a different land than what God
had promised to give them. Why did they chose to settle in a land that
wasn't the one God had promised them and their families?
The thought that came to me regarding this was that God's promises to us
are the best. Period. In Proverbs it says that God withholds NO good
thing from the righteous. It reminds me of a situation I faced in
college. I had a good opportunity right in front of me that I had the
option of pursuing...but I also had a great opportunity that God had
promised me that wasn't in front of me; I had to wait for it. My friend
said some of the wisest words to me while I was deciding what to do. He
said, "Hannah, don't settle for a good thing that's right in front of
you if it's not the great thing that God has promised you."
That's my challenge this week. Don't be like the Israelites and
settle for a "land" that is right in front of you if it's not the "land"
that God has promised you--because what He has promised you is the
BEST. Did anyone notice that the land the 3 tribes settled for was
right across the river from the Promise land? There's a principle in
that too...hold out for what God has promised because it could be right
across the "river" from where you're at now.