What if someone promised you something really awesome? It’s yours, all you have to do is claim it. But what if claiming it meant fighting for it? Would you fight for what was yours or would you allow laziness, timidity, passivity and excuses keep you from taking what was promised to you?
I’m intrigued by the bible’s account of the events that unfold in the book of Joshua. God had promised Israel land flowing with milk and honey. All they had to do was drive out the current occupants. So what if they were bigger then them (giants) with iron chariots. No problem! God told them over and over again to not be afraid because He was with them and He was fighting for them. All they had to do was show up and do their part. What was their part? Trust and obey. Easy Peasy right? Well, maybe not as easy as we think.
It was going to take tenacity, drive and determination to take possession of the promise. Not all of Israel embodied that recipe for success. Some of them were passive fearful procrastinators. So what is the difference between someone who is passionate about taking what is promised to them and someone who is passive about taking what is promised to them? Faith! Faith in who made the promise. Faith in who is saying He is fighting for them. Faith is the secret ingredient in the recipe for successfully taking hold of the promise.
In the Fall of 2016 God told me I was going to write a book (when I say He “told me” I don’t mean I heard an audible voice. He spoke into my spirit. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve experienced it. We’ll just let that be a discussion for another day). I had never written a book before. The only thing I had written was in my journal. I didn’t know the first thing about writing a book. But my first book was about fear and rightfully so because that is what I had to overcome (my giant) in order to move forward in obedience. God has been faithful to show me step by step what to do in the process of writing a book and getting it published.
What was I doing? I was taking hold of the promise. I was trusting and obeying. I was being brave and courageous. I was driving out the occupant of fear; the fear of failure and rejection. I chose to put my faith in God. A God that I had seen come through for me in the past over and over again. A God who has proven to be faithful to His word and character throughout my life. The same God that had proven Himself faithful to Israel.
Do I get discouraged? You bet I do! Do I sometimes want to quit? Yes! But the Lord always encourages me through His word. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Exodus 14:13-15 Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Why are you crying out to me? Move forward!
What has God promised you? God has made many promises to all of His people. The bible is full of them. Has God promised something specifically to you? A promise just for you? What’s keeping you from taking hold of that promise? Are you afraid of the giants of failure or rejection? Are you afraid of the giants of inadequacy or hard work? Are you making excuses for not taking what is yours? Will you put your faith in the God who made you the promise? Will you put your faith in the God who is fighting for you? Will you trust the God that loves you? Will you move forward? The promise is yours. Take it!