Suppose you woke up every morning, went to your front door and there on the step was your day’s supply of food. You put on the same clothes and shoes everyday but that’s okay because they never wore out. This went on for forty years. You had food, shelter, and clothing – all the basics. How come you don’t feel satisfied?
The Israelites experienced such a life after Moses led them out of Egypt. They wandering in the desert four decades and during that time God personally accompanied them and provided for their basic needs. Was this the “Promised Land”?
No, but He was getting them ready for it. Before they crossed the Jordan God told them something of why He did things that way. “Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.” (Deuteronomy 8:5)
Some of you have had a life that is sufficient but pretty plain. And this has gone on for a long time. Oh yes, you have enough for each day but you had such high hopes there was something more. Don’t give up! Perhaps God has been getting you ready all along just like His chosen people “to do good for you in the end.” (Deuteronomy 8:16)
Receive the Lord’s discipline which will prepare you for a greater abundance than you can imagine. When you enter into your promised land, it will be worth the wait!