“Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…” (Deut. 9:5).
One of the most precious gifts and promises God made to the Nation of Israel was to give them access to the land of promise. The gift was not based upon anything they had done. Based upon some of their past actions, they did not deserve it (Deut. 9:5,6). The only requirements expected of them were: 1) to accept God’s plan of deliverance and love Him above all, 2) to walk in obedience to His commands, and 3) to remember that it was God Who caused them to recipients of the promise of this gift. This means that their disobedience could cause them to lose the gift.
Paralleling this concept to our contemporary times, one of the most precious gifts and promises God has made to us is to give us access to Him by receiving forgiveness and eternal life through accepting His Son as our Lord and Savior and by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. This gift is not based upon anything we have done because we were once “…without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world…” (Eph. 2:12). Based upon our past actions, we do not deserve to have the power and presence of God dwelling within. The only requirements expected of us are: 1) to accept Christ into our lives and love God above all, 2) to walk in obedience to His commands, and 3) to remember that it was God Who caused us to be recipients of the promise of this Gift. This means that our disobedience could cause us to lose the Gift…
(…to be continued…)