“I (God) promise to rescue you from the oppression of the Egyptians. I will
lead you to the land now occupied
by the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites,
and Jebusites – a land flowing with milk and honey.”

Exodus 3:17, NLT

The journey of the Israelites to Canaan is incredibly interesting. I see three groups: those who could have lived in the Promised Land (they left with Moses from Egypt), those who should have lived in the Promised Land (Rueben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh) and those who actually did fulfill the promise of God (Joshua, Caleb and the Israelites).

My premise is that God had a plan for the Israelites that was available for all and yet “all” did not receive the promise. The first group that could have entered was the one who left Egypt with Moses. They missed God’s promise because of their unbelief. There was also a group who actually went in and fought the battles and then moved back east, across the Jordan to what they perceived was good enough. (Joshua 22) Then there were those led by Joshua and Caleb who actually went in and fought the battles and experienced the promise of God.

Which one of these groups best represents you? Are you not achieving God’s promises for your life because of giants? Maybe it is a scared past or present family condition or you just think you are not ready. Are you someone who had actually followed God closely and experienced His provision but have gotten tired of the battles and are now living just short of what God promised? Maybe you are in the last group, following God in the daily battles of life. We are all in one of these groups in different areas and times in life.

QUESTION: Where do you see yourself right now? Why are you there? What will it take to move forward? Whom can you enlist to encourage you in the journey?