“For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;”Deuteronomy 8:7
I recently had the opportunity to go to Israel, and there was so much to do prior to the trip that I had a hard time getting excited as I wanted to attend to my business first. I finally finished my work around 12:30am on the same day we were leaving and things started to get real for me. In the weeks leading up to the trip were Zoom presentations that discussed the places we would be going, but I was so busy I did not even have the chance to view or attend any of the sessions. There were also some devotionals that I looked at briefly, but overall, I was ill-prepared prior to attending the trip. I had all these ambitions to read certain passages and study certain places, but I simply ran out of time as I pressed toward the finish line to be gone for two weeks.
Israel is nine hours ahead of Arizona, so we left late morning on Sunday and we arrived in Israel the following day in the afternoon. I was so exhausted prior to even making it to the plane that it took me awhile to catch my bearings due to that and the jet lag. We were picked up from the airport in a tour bus which took us to the hotel and we received the lowdown of what would take place during the next ten days. We were all ready to go to bed after dinner but we took a night stroll along the Mediterranean to walk off some dead legs after the long flight. We would not know how beautiful the view would be when we woke up, but we were in for quite a surprise the following day.
We woke up and saw we were placed alongside the sea and although it was cloudy, the view was quite amazing. During the course of the next ten days, we hit all the highlights of all the places you can imagine, which I may elaborate further in devotionals to come. We were taken all over the places of Israel we were able to travel due to security restrictions, and we saw numerous farms of plants and animals grazing along the hillside. We also saw desert areas which reminded me of home, minus the shepherds and their sheep. It was breathtaking to see in person the places spoken of in the Bible. I am not sure if I walked where Jesus walked, but I certainly was a lot closer to it than I have ever been. I saw a beautiful land that had been promised to the children of Israel, a land that has been returned to its rightful owners.
Deuteronomy 26:9 states, “And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.” What a blessing to see the land God had given His people! They recently repossessed this land that had been taken away for an extended period of time. Our tour guide mentioned and referenced many scripture verses as she guided us through this “Promised Land.” 2 Peter 3:9 states, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” He is not slack concerning His promise as I saw it firsthand and continue to see His promises come to fruition. I am amazed how good our God is in how He keeps His promises and blesses His people.
Are you struggling with doubt today? Do you wrestle with the idea of God being good? Do you struggle that God even exists? Will you take Him at His word? Will you trust Him in the areas He has promised? Will you by faith believe in Him? May it not take our eyes seeing before we believe, but may we fully trust in His Word. God cannot lie and we must know and trust He promises to take His children into a perfect heaven to dwell with Him forever.