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The Promise Land

The Israelite’s lived in the desert, David lived in the wilderness, and I live in Texas. God doesn’t like to deliver us us to our promise land right away. He likes to challenge you, grow you, and ultimately make you depend on him. His process is slow but thorough and in the midst of your desert he is teaching you. He is teaching you dependence, gratitude, and ultimately he is teaching you that his is forever faithful.

Maybe its not where you live but what you are going through. Maybe its a lost child, a sick parent, or a hurting friend. Maybe though your living your own personal desert. Maybe God seems far away, unreachable, and uncaring.

The process is hard. The journey is grueling. The days are lonely and the tears flow freely but he never leaves, and he always delivers you. Sometimes in small ways but once you have learned his ultimate lesson of faithfulness he can deliver you to your promise land. Yours may not be a place. Maybe you are like my mom and need healing. Maybe you are like my dad and need hope. Maybe you are like me and need deliverance. I don’t know what you need but your journey is not in vain. Your promise land isn’t too far and your suffering has a purpose. The answer is simple, you need a savior.

Our savior weeps when you weep. Laughs when you laugh and smiles in your joy but he wants you to find your joy in the right thing. He wants you to know peace in him not in things, not in family, not in having a perfect life. He wants your daily needs to be met in his perfect power.

Don’t be deceived your promise land is not the answer.  My moms healing will not bring her joy. Your prodigal coming home will not complete your life. My move back home will not make me happy.

There is only one answer to the deep seated question, what is your promise land?

He feels your pain, knows your journey, hears you cries, and he never leaves. He wants to teach you something, will you be like me and go kicking and screaming or will you surrender your pain to the one who holds the answer. Will you surrender your marriage? Your children? Your friends? Your hurt? Your health? Your addictions?

What will you give to reach the real promise land and what will be your promise land?

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