When the Israelites entered Canaan (the Promised Land), God told them they could make treaties with the “far off” nations. People of these nations could be forced to pay tribute or serve Israel. Likewise, there are aspects of my life that I can use to honor God that don’t become distractions. These might compare to the distant nations for Israel.
However, the Israelites were to totally destroy the “nearby” inhabitants of the Promised Land, partly because their worship of false gods would draw God’s people away from Him. I’m easily tempted in areas such as pride, greed, and envy. So these are “close” enemies of the abundant life God promised me, and they must be eradicated. As I “take more of the land” I’ll experience more of Christ’s promised joy and peace.
I discovered one of those “close nations” the other day. Self-pity giants live there. They’ve built a walled fortress and have been shooting out whining, complaining, and blaming for most of my sojourn on this earth. Now that they’ve been found out, they can be overcome.
In these moments of prayer I’m transported and drawn nearer to You, O Lord.
I’m refreshed in Your Spirit and heartened and renewed in the light of Your Word.
Open my ears so I’ll listen. Open my eyes. Let me see.
Lead me in bringing down strongholds so I can live fully for Thee.
Psalm 73:28 New Living Translation “But as for me, how good it is for me to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.”
Copyright Tricia Opitz 7/31/10