Your Problem is for Your Promise

When God allows your enemy to linger, you can rest assured that it is for your good. If you are obeying the Lord and you run into an obstacle, know that God will use your obstacle as an instrument of blessing. If God has given you a promise but all you see is a problem, trust that God is using the problem to fulfill the promise.

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As the Israelites found themselves in the wilderness between their captivity and their promise, they received a word from the Lord (Exodus 23). He assured them that He was going to bring them into their promise but presently, their promise was possessed by their problems. “Don’t be concerned about the problems,” he told them, “ I will take care of the problems.” However, God wasn’t going to do it like man would do it; He had a plan for the problem.

God told them that He was not going to drive their enemy out in one fast and fatal campaign because if He did, the land would become desolate and the animals of the field would become too numerous. God had a different plan for Israel’s enemies, He was going to drive them out little by little so that they could prepare the promise for His people.

Israel’s enemies were not in the land to defeat them. They were there to bless them. God told His people that they were going to live in houses and cities that they had not built and they were going to eat from vineyards that they had not planted. Who do you think was going to build their houses? Who do you think was going to plant their vineyards? Their enemy was!

Have faith! Take your eyes off of your enemy. Stop focusing on your obstacle. Don’t worry about your problem; God is using your problem to fulfill His promise!

Possession Must Follow Discovery

Matthew 13:44-46

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Would these men have acted in the same manner if they reflected the reactions of the average Christian today? More likely they would have been satisfied to talk about the treasure and the pearl they had found. They would tell people how great it was; they would speak of the splendor of the treasure and the perfection of the pearl. They would be very reluctant to give us their current possessions for in these they found some sense of ease, comfort, and familiarity. They would have asked for some sign that they should give up everything to possess that which they had discovered.

Ask yourself, have you truly possessed the promise? Have you given up all to take a hold of that which has eternal value? Or have you only made a great discovery, refusing to do anything meaningful with what you have found?

The children of Israel discovered that all of God’s promises concerning the land of promise were true (Numbers 13:26-17). However, there were only two (Joshua and Caleb) that desired to possess what they had discovered. The rest of the group was afraid of the potential challenge of possessing so they stayed where they were.

If you are going to possess that which you have discovered, you must leave where you are!