A Testing Ground of Faith
In our Sunday evening session this week, we took some time to notice a fundamental connection in the Scriptures when it comes to the Promised Land: God chose this land that would be called Israel specifically for God’s people, and it was to be a place and a means for the people to live out a relationship with their Lord.
The Promised Land of Israel was different from the rich, river-watered lands of Egypt or Assyria or Babylonia. The Jordan River that runs through the deep rift valley from the slopes of Mount Hermon into the Sea of Galilee and out again to the Dead Sea did not water the land by flooding its banks like the Nile, Euphrates, or Tigris. In fact, even living near the Jordan River was difficult in ancient times because it was jungle-like, inhabited by wild animals, and flanked by difficult terrain.
The Promised Land lived because just enough rain fell from heaven and just enough dew watered the ground. The land itself invited ancient Israel to trust the God of heaven for its very life. This was exactly where God wanted his people to be—completely dependent on him. And it’s where God always wants us to be, too. It is a blessed place, because it is where faith is lived.
Read Deuteronomy 11:8-25 as part of your own preparation to continue your journey of faith. And remember, “It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end” (Deut 11:12).