The Israelites were to take over Canaan. It would be possible only if they trusted in the LORD, for He would deliver the Canaanites into their hands.
The Canaanites, whom God would obliterate using the hands and swords of the Israelites, are a picture of Satan, our enemy.
Those Israelites didn’t follow God’s instructions to not intermarry with Canaanites. We, as Christians, must make sure that we don’t dabble with worldly things of Satan. Each of us can think of what those things might be personally.
Satan is our enemy, and we must never forget that. Jesus is our Friend, the Friend of sinners. What a Friend we have in Jesus! Let’s follow His footsteps and say “no” to all stumbling blocks.
James 4:4 says, “…friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Of course, we can love people in the world, for God also loves all of us (John 3:16), but we must not love the lifestyle of sin that the world without Christ follows after.
1 John 2:15-17 states, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
Always remember to fight against Satan and his influence. Put on the Full Armor of God each day, and you will be able to stand firm! (Ephesians 6:13.) You ( I) will be able to enter into Christ, our Promised Land more fully.
Moses was not allowed into Canaan, because he struck the rock twice in anger to get water out of it, instead of speaking to it gently as God had instructed him. Along with this, he had complained to the Israelites and wasn’t setting a good example. He wouldn’t enter the physical Canaan, but he had closely fellowshipped with God and experienced God’s presence on Mt. Sinai. God called him home, and Moses entered into the LORD’S full presence in heaven after dying in the land of Moab. – Deuteronomy 34:1-7
Each Christian will also enjoy heaven, but God has an abundant life for us in Christ, our Promised Land, here on Earth. Let’s not allow any grumbling or habitual sin to prevent us from being used of God to bless others.
How about you? What could be a good remedy and alternative to grumbling/complaining? Please see my next post for one answer in ”Jesus, Our Promised Land (Part 3)” and a short conclusion in Part 4.