Exodus 23:27-33 – “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you. 29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. 31 And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. 32 You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” NKJV
In the history of the Nation of Israel who was carrying the “Seed” of the Christ so that “All Men Could Be Saved,” God chose to delay, at times, giving them full possession of the promises. There was a very simple reason as is listed in the passage above and the same is true in our lives, though we do not always see nor figure out the reason, and He does not always explain. We just need to learn to “trust” His wisdom and provision. He does what is best when it is best and in the best way! If we accept that we will find far less struggle in life and far more peace.
In the case above, God said I am going to drive out the inhabitants occupying your promise but I am not going to do it in one year because if I do the beast of the field will be too numerous for you because there are not enough of you yet to occupy the land. He did explain that “little by little” I am going to drive them out and thus “little by little” you will become numerous and strong enough to take possession of the promise. Sometimes we may just not be strong enough. Maybe there is growth in some area of our lives that needs to transpire before we are ready to take possession of the promise and it will be a blessing and not become a curse. We are too impatient and want everything instantly. I can testify to that regarding some physical trials I’m going through. I want full recovery or healing instantly but sometimes it happens a little at a time and day by day. I often can see the progress and frequently want it to move quickly or instantly, but I am learning that although I don’t understand, I believe that God is working in my best interest and giving me the care and wisdom to reach a full recovery and be stronger than ever. Therefore, I have declared to Him, for that, I can wait. In so many other areas of life we become incredibly impatient and live in a microwave world and instant everything. We live coffee break Christianity rather than marathon Christianity. We want instant promotion rather than developmental learning. But, let it be known that God is not intimidated by our demands, nor does he wear a watch or watch a calendar. He operates in His timing and His timing is always perfect.
Thank you each one for your prayers for my wife, my brother-in-law, and myself. We covet your continued prayers and believe God is working in ways we cannot see. You are such a blessing and although I am often unable to respond as my heart desires, I see your words and feel your prayers. Your love, compassion, and concern are moving and appreciated.
Blessings to each of you as you begin your week in the King of Kings and Lord of Lord!