“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.”
All the Israelites were miraculously delivered out of bondage to Egypt by God’s hand on Moses, His messenger. All the Israelites were fed of the same “bread of heaven”, the Lord’s manna which He daily rained on them. All of them drank the same water which sprang miraculously from the rock – even as the water flowed mingled with the blood from Christ’s pierced side on Calvary.
He even saw that their feet did not swell nor their clothing wear out.
In all these things and more, the LORD daily healed, delivered, fed, provided and was their True Source and it is written,
1 Kings 8:56, “Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.”
Yet of that original “generation“, only Joshua and Caleb entered into their full inheritance as promised by God. The rest died in the wilderness of their doubt and unbelief – always unappreciative of God’s daily provision. Their very whining and complaining vexed Moses’ patient spirit into sin which shut him out of entering in YET God allowed Moses to SEE the promises although at a distance. Only Joshua and Caleb were whole in heart for God and were given the right to enter in with the children of God who were not numbered with the unbelievers.
Unto us is given great and exceeding promises like as no man as ever seen and do we thank God and praise Him for His marvelous benefits?
For every good and perfect gift comes from Him.
The proper heart response is as the Psalmist says,
Psalms 100:1-5, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.”
It is no small thing the transformation that God effects within the heart of man. We are surrounded everywhere we turn with selfishness, greed, sloth, and perversion as we live in a decaying fallen world where corruption eats away as a cancer on mankind.
Yet God in His wisdom created all things for His glory. All creation even in the fallen world declares His power in breathtaking brilliance with every sun rise and sun set. In the rainbow that graces the sky after the storm passes. With the birdsong each new morning and gentle cooing at evening. All but man daily declares the glory of God.
God is not limited – All creation, all His power is at His hand to save and deliver His children. Yet He is restrained by the freewill which He has given unto each one. We must choose and cry out to Him because He will not force Himself on anyone.
Every failure in life is destined to lead you to conclude that only the Creator holds your answer in His hands. When we acknowledge our need of Him, He responds by moving us beyond the realm of man’s imagination to the surpassing over and beyond of His Reality, His Peace, His Truth, His Love.
Such great love deserves our highest praise, our full attention. Is it any wonder that there is a rampant epidemic of attention deficits and dis-orders? The remedy is simple:
Psalms 57:7, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
The same All Powerful, All Knowing, All Loving, Creative Father knows just what each one needs and releases His amazing grace in response to our heart’s cry out to Him. Salvation is ours for the asking!
Hebrews 2:3, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”
The Scripture, “many are called but few are chosen“, used to elude me in meaning but the LORD has shown that the “chosen” are the ones who have chosen Him and love Him through their obedience.
Let us choose today to be even as Joshua of old said, “as for me and my house we will serve the LORD!“