Sitting with the Shepherd
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. (1 Corinthians 10:11 NKJV)
There are some who would write off parts of the bible as irrelevant for us as Christians because they were written before the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross. Such is not the case. Their Father, who disciplined them by grace is our Father Who disciplines us as His children today. The Holy Spirit Who guided and instructed them is the same Holy Spirit Who guides us today. And because basic human nature hasn't changed since Adam, our tendencies are similar to theirs.
The crossing of the Red Sea to escape the bondage of Egypt was a monumental event in human history and has been immortalized through the ages in both films and written form. And as it was such a dramatic deliverance, it seems that it could hardly be forgotten. But the Israelites not only forgot the power of God, they lost faith shortly afterward and failed to enter the Promised Land when they saw the giants that opposed them there. So the majority of them never entered God's rest. Lest we become too critical, we must look at ourselves. Some of us have had dramatic conversion experiences, but regardless of how dramatic they were or were not, every one of us who have experienced the new birth in Christ have experienced a miracle. We were delivered from the bondage of this world (Egypt) and slavery (sin.)
Jesus said that He came to give us abundant life (our Promised Land) and yet some of us have failed enter into that life. Maybe we just got tired or lack the faith to face the giants in our lives. But the writer of Hebrews reminds us that the promise of rest (from self-effort) still remains to those of us who choose to move forward. Perhaps as in times past, few will enter in although the reward is great. But those few that follow their modern day Joshua (Jesus Christ) will cross the Jordan River (identification by faith) and enter into the Promised Land (the abundant life.) We can choose to be among them today.
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:9-11 NKJV)
Questions for Meditation or Discussion
1. What is significant to you about your conversion experience?
2. What are the giants that are keeping you out of the Promised Land today?
3. How can your modern day Joshua lead you in victory over them today?
My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ thank you that as the conquering general You lead Your children today. Thank You Lord for bringing me out of slavery in Egypt and giving me the hope of the abundant life. Give me today the courage to face the giants in my life that I may not only enter the promised land personally but help others to find the way as well. Amen