Walk in Your Promised Land

God has a promised land for each and every one of us, but it is up to us to get there. He will help us, but you and I have to possess our promised land. Sometimes, before we get to our promised land, we have to be delivered from where we are so we can get to where we are supposed to go. For example, the children of Israel were stuck in bondage and slavery in the land of Egypt. God had even sent them there to sustain them, but now it was time for them to be delivered.

 

In order for them to be delivered, they called on God to remember their covenant. They cried to the Lord, “Remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” The Bible says in Psalms 106:45, “And He remembered for them His covenant, and repented according to the multitude of His mercies.” Thank God you and I, as New Testament believers, also have a covenant. Jesus made that covenant for us with His very own blood, and it is a better covenant established on better promises according to Hebrews 8:6-13. You and I can remind the Lord of our covenant, and that covenant will deliver us from all of our troubles and begin to take us into our promised land.

 

God used Moses to deliver them. He was God’s arm that was used to bring the children of Israel out with a mighty hand. God used Moses to show signs and wonders; and eventually, even though Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, the children of Israel were delivered with silver and gold and there was not one sick or feeble among them. It was miraculous. That same miracle working God sent someone to deliver us. His name is Jesus and with signs, wonders and miracles He delivered all of mankind, not just one people group. Jesus delivered us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. We have been delivered into our promised land.

 

God has always made a distinction between the covenant people and the non-covenant people. While the children of Israel were being delivered, bad things were happening to the Egyptians; but the covenant people were spared, or kept, by the power of God. You can look throughout Exodus and see that while things like flies, hail, gross darkness, and the loss of the first-born son came, it was nowhere to be found in Goshen. What was Goshen? It was the habitation of the covenant children and it was spared. The lights were still on in Goshen even though there was gross darkness everywhere else in Egypt. God made a difference between the two. God instructed the children of Israel to eat the Passover; a covenant meal we still observe today as the “Lord’s Table or Communion”. When they partook of that covenant meal, there was a distinction between them and there still is today. We have been delivered by our covenant from bondage to our promised land. Walk in it!

Pastor Mark Garver