Follow Him into the Promised Land
Read Psalm Chapter 106
Ps 106:24 Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His promise. 25 They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the LORD. 26 So He swore to them with uplifted hand that He would make them fall in the desert, 27 make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands.
In case you wonder why this topic is covered so often in these devotions, here is the answer: I’ve seen far too many SSA men abandon God over the past twelve years. Some of them are men whom I would have never believed they would ever do so. Therefore, I no longer consider anyone to be not vulnerable to falling away. Lesson learned!
The Psalmist is describing what happened to the Israelites as they wandered in the desert, failing to believe God and His promises. As a result, many of them were never allowed to see the Promised Land. The principle here is just too ripe not to pick and apply to SSA.
1. The “promised land” God has told us about is real. There really is a land lying before us, a land which is ours if we will just believe Him and continue to plod toward it. There are no trials and tribulations which are too difficult for us to conquer as we seek this land. We must continue to believe God.
2. There is a grave danger inherent in “despising the pleasant land.” There is no question but that when we look at a life devoid of same-sex actions, we will be tempted to despise the land to which we are headed. But by doing so, we are saying to the Lord, “You are mistaken. The land in which we now live is much better.” It is foolish to believe God would lie to us about the future life He has promised us.
3. We cannot allow ourselves to grumble toward God, blaming Him or complaining to Him that our “Egypt” is too hard to give up. Grumbling serves no purpose but to hamper our devotion and love for God. The more we grumble, the more likely we are to be vulnerable to the temptation to turn back.
4. Willful disobedience, with no eventual repentance, is not an option for the believer. The Holy Spirit living within will not allow it.
5. It is true. We will “fall in the desert” if we do not persevere in our quest for freedom from Egypt (read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). If we return to Egypt, never to rejoin the saints, and never complete our journey, we will perish.
Once again, we must recommit ourselves to believe God, continue our journey, and never turn back. No matter how difficult our road becomes, we must keep our eyes fixed upon Him and follow Him into the Promised Land.
Prayer: Lord, keep our eyes and minds firmly fixed upon You and Your promises. We know that You will never fail to keep Your word. Further, we know that our enemy is the father of lies and will purposefully mislead us to destruction. Keep us strong, so that we will not fall by the wayside. Our heart’s desire is to remain by Your side all the way into victory and eternal life.