“When I have brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey, of which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and filled themselves and grown fat, then they will turn to other gods and serve them; and they will provoke Me and break My covenant.” Deuteronomy 31.20
Who hasn’t wondered why God’s promises haven’t been fulfilled in their life? I believe that everyone has asked themselves this question before.
However, what many do not ask is: How should I prepare myself?
We understand that God’s chosen people had to be prepared in the desert before reaching the Promised Land. But, many did not allow themselves to be prepared. They did not pay attention to the importance of focusing on the One who would produce the milk and honey. The Hebrew people only thought of the milk and honey, they were unable to see beyond them.
Many struggle, sacrifice, endure true deserts, but when they reach the “Promised Land,” which are their personal achievements, they completely forget where those blessings came from; this is, where the milk and honey came from. Then, they start to rely on what their eyes see, and so, they no longer have One God, but various gods, which are the material possessions.
The moment when we forget where the blessings came from is precisely when we annul our covenant with God. The guarantee of obtaining God’s promises is in what we imagine we’ll do with them, or how we will live and enjoy the blessings.
Our imagination has the power to transport us to situations that aren’t yet real. When we imagine, God sees what we are imagining. He pays close attention so that He may guide our steps and also warn us, like He did with the Hebrew people before they reached the long awaited Promised Land.
God already knew the people would turn the milk and honey into their everything, thereby nullifying their covenant:
“…For I know the inclination of their behavior today, even before I have brought them to the land of which I swore to give them.” Deuteronomy 31.21
Besides a material sacrifice, God expects us not to forget where the wonders come from, and to where they will all, from time to time, return. He allows us to enjoy the “Promised Land”, but He also expects us to use the milk and honey (material goods) to honor Him and, even without words, affirm that He will always be the Owner of everything.
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.” Exodus 19.5
His wonders are for all those who use their faith!
However, the right to be the property of God is only for those who listen to His voice!