Land of Milk and Honey

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament and am now in Deuteronomy. Sometimes it is so painful to read. There was so much doubt throughout the Old Testament and it makes me realize how much I don’t want to be like the Israelites, but there are also so many good lessons to be learned. Today I’m sharing a verse from Numbers 16 on the topic of the land of milk and honey.

“Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us? “Indeed, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!” Numbers 16:13-14

In Exodus 3:17, the Lord had promised to lead the Israelites out of Egypt into the Land of Milk and Honey. In the verse above, which is after they left Egypt, not only did Dathan and Abriam focus on their problems, but they chose to exaggerate them too. While in Egypt they longed to leave, but now that they left they complained and wanted to go back. As much as they suffered in Egypt, they even referred to it as the ‘land of milk and honey’. Because of their desire for food and a better environment it made them focus on their own problems which caused them completely lose their perspective. They lost gratefulness for where God had already taken them and the future promises He had for them, including the real Promise Land of Milk and Honey.

While waiting to enter the land the Lord has promised you, continue to press forward instead of complaining and looking back. Don’t get so involved in your current trial that you lose sight of where or what God has taken you out of, the current place He has you, and the promised land He is bringing you into.

Check out my other posts from my Old Testament reading: Wait Actively & Isaac and Rebekah

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  • Morgan
    Posted at 08:55h, 02 May Reply

    Major gut check. I have been in such a dark place this last week that my whole sight of anything has been completely blinded. I haven’t once considered what he’s brought me through already or what lies ahead in his promises. I don’t know if I’m being to stubborn, believing the lies, or both… But I know I need to be 100% more intentional about getting the focus off my problems… Even as impossible as it might seem.

  • dspence
    Posted at 08:55h, 02 May Reply

    Thank you for this reminder to stay focused on God’s promise rather than on the circumstances I find myself in. God always fulfills His promises!

  • Kim Adams Morgan
    Posted at 09:43h, 02 May Reply

    Caroline, I have a big smile as I read this today. I need to cut this out and pin it on our bathroom mirror. We are in a very small temporary place right now while looking for our permanent home and our lives are kind of upside down. We are not apartment people with an 80 lb dog to walk in 1/4 the space and very loud neighbors on 2 of our 3 sides going all hours of the day and night. To be sure, it is testing us to the limits, but I feel as if God is preparing us for something. If we could only read those words every day (or hour, ha ha) and remember where we have come from. I’m sure He is using this for the next stage of our journey.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 12:52h, 02 May Reply

    This is such a great reminder. It’s true that people always seem to find something to complain about even when they get out of the circumstances they were previously in. We just need to learn how to step back and look at the bigger picture.

  • Kelli B
    Posted at 13:10h, 02 May Reply

    So true. I need to be reminded of this. I constantly get impatient with God but when I look back, I see how God worked in ALL areas of my life, despite my impatience. Why is it so hard to remember His faithfulness in the past and apply it to the present and future? He’s done it before and He’ll do it again!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 14:00h, 02 May Reply

    I know I already said this to you but this email was EXACTLY what my little heart needed today! Thank you so much!

    🙂 Rebecca

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 06:25h, 03 May Reply

    So much to learn from the Israelites! I often read about them and think “man, how could they have forgotten so easily?” But when I take a look at myself realize I often do the same thing! Instead of choosing to focus on his faithfulness, I focus on the trials. Thank you for the reminder that we need to choose to focus on the character of a God!

  • Mel @ there is a higher hope
    Posted at 10:30h, 03 May Reply

    Thanks for the reminder today. We definitely tend to forget what God has done. I never want to forget!

  • Jessah
    Posted at 14:30h, 04 May Reply

    Great reminder, Caroline. Sometimes it’s hard to see beyond our own hardships.

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 17:49h, 04 May Reply

    such a beautiful and important post – whenever i’m tempted to complain, i remind myself that it’s ‘easy to be heavy, hard to be light’ – my own reminder to keep perspective and remain grateful and appreciate what’s right in front of me –something you always provide a wonderful reminder of 🙂

  • Christina // Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe
    Posted at 12:06h, 06 May Reply

    Hi new friend!!! Found you on A Jack of All Trades link-up! Love your BLOG!!!! <3

  • Lorraine
    Posted at 21:34h, 06 May Reply

    Hi there! found you from the Jack of Trades link up.
    Love finding new Jesus blogs 😉 and love love love that you’re sharing what He’s teaching and showing you. I’m soooo looking forward to reading more!!

  • Madison | Wetherills Say I Do
    Posted at 15:06h, 07 May Reply

    That’s awesome that you’re reading through the OT and getting so much out of it! I’m guilty about looking forward to what’s next instead of focusing on what God wants me to learn right now. Thanks for that reminder:)

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