In the Bible there are some things that are literal and yet they have a spiritual application also. The Promised Land is one of those instances. There was a physical Promised Land for the Children of Israel, and at the same time there is a spiritual Promised Land for us. In the book of Hebrews we receive a warning about not entering into that rest. It tells us they, the Children of Israel, were not able to enter because of unbelief. Apparently there are more than a few of us that haven’t entered and it is for the same exact reason. I would like to clarify that the Promised Land spoken of in the scriptures is not talking of Heaven. I think the Promised Land depicts a Christian walking in the full victory and provision Jesus Christ has paid for and promised us. With that being said let’s look a little closer.
Moses lead the Children of Israel right up to the border of the land and yet all but two of them never entered. The Lord spoke to Moses and told him, “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel; you shall send a man from each of their fathers’ tribes, every one a leader among them.” So they chose twelve men to go in and spy out the land. When they returned, ten of them were not so encouraging. They told the rest of them “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” So they gave a bad report and discouraged everyone from going in. What I would like for you to notice though is God already told them he was giving it to them. He didn’t tell them to go spy it out and see if they could take it. He wanted them to go in and witness what he was giving to them. But they are just like we are sometimes, and they made decisions based on how things looked and felt rather than on what God had clearly told them. This gives us a hint that the battle for us is a battle of faith verses feelings. If we are always lead by what things look like or how they feel we probably will never enter the land of rest either. The enemy will almost always appear to have the upper hand.
In our day we aren’t attempting to take a literal piece of land, rather we are entering into the rest of the Spirit. Jesus invites us to come to him and he promises to give us rest for our souls. His words are for us to simply come. The only thing he tells us to do is “learn of him.” Jesus is our promised land. He is where we find spiritual rest, sustenance, refreshment, peace, joy, prosperity, love and etc.
God promised Moses and Company they would have houses they didn’t build, vineyards they didn’t plant and rest from their enemies. In Christ we have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption we couldn’t earn, yet we get it simply by believing and walking in it. Wow! Now that’s where I want to live. In Christ we have all of these things, and all we have to do is simply trust him even if the enemy does make us look like grasshoppers. For the most part the enemy is always going to be more than we can handle in “our” strength, but thank God we can rest assured he isn’t more than Jesus Christ can handle. He promises to give us deliverance if we would just believe him. The key to living in the Promised Land is walking in the Spirit. If we walk in our feelings and our own ideas most of the time the enemy will seem like he is too much. If we walk by faith in the promise Christ will deal with our enemy, and we will be living in the rest promised to us.
Written by Louie