” I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.” Exodus 23:29-30
God is all Powerful
I often hear from religious people that God is all-powerful, that he is in control. While this statement may be true it is usually used as a cloak for spiritual laziness. The fact that God is sovereign and omnipotent does not take any personal responsibility away from us. An example would be personal health. Is it God’s will for you to be in perfect health? ABSOLUTELY! Does every have perfect health? Obviously not. Is that because God lacks sovereignty or power? Once again, no. We have to exercise self-control by eating in moderation and eating foods that will help our bodies function.
God made sure that his people that came out of the land of Egypt understood that they had the personal responsibility to make sure that the promise he gave them would come to pass. God told them they would live in a land the flowed with milk and honey but they first had to kill everyone that was on that land.
Spiritually Unprepared for the Promise
Many times we pray for God to bless us or to accelerate us and we are unprepared for the answer. Andrew Wommack, a well known Bible teacher, once said 0 to 1000 is not acceleration, it is a crash. How true! We often fail to see where we want to advance quickly will actually negatively affect us.
Just the same way that a butterfly has to struggle to get out of the cacoon we to have to go through battles. If the butterfly does not go through that fight, it’s wings will not be strong enough to fly. If we are not processes through tribulations, persecutions, and attacks we won’t be ready for all of God’s promises. We would be too immature. The blessings would be seen as common. We just would not value it the same.
Physically Unprepared for the Promise
The Children of Israel were not physically ready to inherit the land. The land was too vast, it required a lot of labor for upkeep. Had the children of Israel inherited the land quickly the land would become desolate and the animals would have multiplied. That means more work for them! The same land that was meant to be a blessing would then be turned into a burden.
In Matthew 13 Jesus tells a parable of a man that when he found a treasure hidden in a field that he sold all that he goes and sells all that he has to buy that field. Jesus likened the treasure to the kingdom of God. So some people are not ready for the promises of God. They first have to prepare themselves to occupy what he has chosen for us. Much like the people of Israel. They could not possess the land that was chosen for them until they increased.
Are You Prepared?
What has been hindering you from inheriting God’s promises? Is it spiritual? Are you seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness first or are you content with just being spiritually fed when you attend church? Or maybe it’s physical. You cannot get in good shape overnight. The same goes for growing a business or ministry.
Be honest and judge yourself. What areas do you need to focus on in order to achieve what God wants for you? Don’t let yourself get in the way of you fulfilling your purpose! Prepare today. Start small. Be persisitent.