Devotional Exodus 3:8
Pastor Brian’s “Every So Often” Devotional
Feb 16, 2011
(Exodus 3:8) So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
God desired to bring His people from bondage to freedom. Not simple freedom, but a freedom of abundance and blessing. The land of Israel at the time was known even in secular writings as a fertile land (see the Tale of Sinuhe). It was a region with abundant grazing land for cattle (thus, flowing with milk) and fruitful, flowering trees and bushes (and thus, flowing with honey).
Three out of the four times in the book of the Exodus where God specifically mentions the land flowing with milk and honey, he also mentions the current inhabitants of the land: the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perrizzites, Hivites, Jebusites…you name an –ite and they were probably there! What this would ultimately mean for God’s people was – battle! God was giving them an abundant land. But they would have to partner with Him in the work of expelling the current occupants of the land, as well as the subsequent clearing and cultivating of the land.
Jesus promised an abundant life to us as well (John 10:10). (Don’t get caught up in physical, material abundance here – that’s simply short-sighted.) He desires for us to have a living, vibrant relationship with Him. But there are battles to be fought in the process. Current inhabitants of the land must be vanquished; brush must be cleared; barren land must be cultivated. Quite simply put: our lives need work! But the promises of God are “Yes and Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). He is faithful to complete His work in us (Philippians 1:6). The enemies to our abundance will be rooted out; dead brush will be cleared; land will be cultivated and brought to fruitfulness!! Let’s get busy partnering with His work in our lives!