“We cannot rely on God’s promises without obeying His commandments.” – John Calvin
“God’s promises are to be our pleas in prayer.” – Matthew Henry
God is sufficient to provide for what He has promised. There have been dozens of promises that God has made, and every promise made has been fulfilled by God. He never fails and He never has to say, “I couldn’t”. We as Christians have been given exceeding great promises from God, and we should rest in the reality that He will accomplish ALL that He said He would do.
Since the promise made to Abraham, one of the key focuses of the covenant of God was the possession of the Land. All the patriarchs traveled as strangers and pilgrims in it, but never possessed it. God promised to give Israel the land, and that time is drawing close! A census is ordered by God for the express purpose of knowing how to divide the land when they enter into it (according to Numbers 26:53-54).
If you read this text quickly, you might skip right over an amazing fact that pops out of the pages. In Numbers chapter one, a census was taken and the men of war numbered from twenty years and up. These men would be the standing army of Israel that would conquer the land, but in their unbelief they rejected God’s plan. 603,548 men refused to take the land, and only two stepped forward by faith: Caleb and Joshua. Forty years have passed, and that generation is dead. That standing army of Israel from twenty years old and up, have all died in the wilderness. A new generation is on the scene, complete with a new High Priest Eleazar, and soon to be new leader Joshua.
What you will miss in this passage if you are not careful, is the number of men of war counted in the census. 601,730 men were counted in the second census, which was only 1,820 less than forty years earlier. Numbers 26:64-65 makes it clear that none of those from the first counting were still living except Caleb and Joshua. This new standing army was so similar to the former one, but there is one major difference. The key difference between the first census generation and this second census generation is that the latter would act in faith and take the Land of Promise.
They had their failures yes, but they learned from the failures of their fathers and grandfathers. They learned to trust God’s promises, because He always comes good on them. God would show this generation the crossing of the Jordan, Jericho, and dozens more victories in Canaan. The land would miraculously be given to them, because God keeps His promises.
Today elect to be like the second generation and not the first. Let your day be seasoned with trust in God, not unbelief. As a Christian, you have been given some wonderful and exceedingly great promises, claim them and trust them today. We could take the time to list many of these promises, but I believe you know them. Your problem is not the lack of knowledge of the promises of God, but faith to trust them. Choose right now to simply believe God, and know He will come good on His promises if you will just act in faith.
Daily Scripture Reading
Numbers 26 - 27
“Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names.”