Saturday, March 9
Settling for less
Scripture: Deuteronomy 10-12, Mark 16
Deuteronomy 11:22–24 If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him—23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you. 24 Every place where you set your foot will be yours: Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Condition and promise. Condition: if you will obey the Lord, love Him and hold fast to Him. Promise: The Lord will drive out great nations and give you the land He promised. He gave the boundaries, and on the east, it was the Euphrates River, not the Jordan! This is the promise that God gave Abram and Moses and Israel repeatedly, and it is a much larger territory than Israel ever occupied and owned. See Genesis 15:18, Exodus 23:31, Deuteronomy 1:7, Joshua 1:4.
During the reigns of David and Solomon, they conquered all of this land and its inhabitants paid tribute, but Israel never occupied it. Why? They didn’t obey the Lord and hold fast to Him. They never lived into and up to the promise. The “Promised Land” they lived in was much smaller than the promise God gave. They settled for far less than God had promised.
Where am I settling for less than God has promised? Where am I willing to be satisfied with less than God has promised? Am I fully His, obeying, loving and holding fast to Him? Israel settled for less because they wouldn’t love, obey and hold fast to the Lord with all their heart.
C.S. Lewis wrote in The Weight of Glory:
“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
God’s promises are much greater than my experience of them. I am “far too easily pleased.” Don’t settle—press into the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, show me where I’ve settled for less than what You want to do for me, and help me embrace You fully and experience all You have.