Have you ever been more excited about opening gifts than your actual birthday? Just the thought of having hand-picked gifts waiting for you just sends chills up your spine. Then you are a lot like me! To me the anticipation, the guessing and wondering is one of the best parts. So the day has come, my makeup is beat, my curls are moisturized and defined, my outfit is on fleek and I begin to open my gifts. My face I wish I could control it but I honestly can’t. As I opened the gifts promised to me, my face scrunches up with ever wrinkle representing my confusion, disappointment and shock. How can the thing I was promised be completely different than what I anticipated?
Imagine the anticipation of the Israelites had when Moses told them about THE PROMISED LAND, a land flowing of milk and honey (Ex 6:6-8). I bet everyone who heard the promise land started imagining what the land would look like and what it would have.
One could’ve pictured a land with castles filled with beautiful furniture, artwork, numerous bathrooms and large bedrooms. A place that would be featured on MTV Cribes lol!
One could’ve pictured a land with endless tresses filled with the best fruit, gardens brimming with veggies and vineyards with delectable grapes all ready for picking. Imagine Food Network on repeat with Guy Fieri, Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay having access to the best ingredients to prepare the best food for you around the clock.
One could’ve pictured a land with a market with vendors, merchants and businesses. Every thing you could ever need is right there. Think of Mall of America at your finger tips. Beautifully tailored clothing, sparkly jewelry, bomb shoes and high-quality handbags all your size, all your esthetic and all for free!
After years of being enslaved in Egypt, I know the Israelites dreams fueled their hope and their hope fueled their faith which fueled their will to live. The GAG is ( in my Keke Palmer voice) their PROMISED LAND similar to my birthday gifts were nothing like they imagined. Several spies were sent to scope out the PROMISED LAND, if I was an Israelites I would’ve volunteered to peep out the land set aside for us. When the spies came back their report of the land was filled with milk and honey but…(Numbers 13: 26-29)
Their PROMISED LAND was cluttered with GIANTS! Yes, I did not stutter GIANTS. (“The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.” Numbers 13:31-33) Majority of the Israelites heard the word GIANTS and was quick to give up hope, throw the entire land away and forfeit their promise. After so many days, hours, minutes of waiting all of their excitement and hope was snatched away by one report.
God knew there were GIANTS in the land before He promised it to the Isrealists. Nothing surprises God, He is all knowing and omipresent surely He knew the condition of the land from the tiniest grain to longest strain of hair on the largest GIANT. Just like He knew the PROMISED LAND, He knows you and He knows your situation, your circumstances and He knows what He promised you. This entire time He has been preparing you because He would never bring you to the place where you would receive your promise if you aren’t prepared.
What does that PROMISED LAND look like for you? What is that promise you took one look at was ready to throw away, to give up and turn away from? Could it be a job opportunity that you were promised but after your first day you were ready to quit because of the GIANTS called inadequacy cluttered the office. Could it be a book you were supposed to write but you started typing your first chapter the GIANTS called writers block cluttered your thoughts. Could it be the university you were promised but after your first semester you realized your campus is clutter with GIANTS called drama.
How can something that was promised have GIANTS? Why do I have to do more work if they was set aside for me? Haven’t I been through enough just to get to this point but now your telling me I still have to fight? All of these thoughts raced through my mind when I faced my own GIANTS. Because its yours, because God is with you, because you’ve already won previous battles you have all of the motivation and power to win this war and claim the promises.
It’s funny but more times than not your promises (your blessings) will be attached to giants (challenges) but do not be dismayed, do not be discouraged and do NOT give up. You were promised it because you CAN HANDLE IT! You are more than a CONQUEROR but you have to rely on God’s strength, God’s grace and God’s wisdom because when we trust in Him any and everything is possible. Don’t you dare throw away your promises because you faced a GIANT. Sis you got this! Its yours so claim it and fight for it! These GIANTS were never designed to destroy your but they are only there to build your character, to strengthen you and to deepen your faith. These GIANTS just like your PROMISES were set aside for you, not to frighten you, but because your a GIANT SLAYER!