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A Taste of the Promised Land

A Taste of the Promised Land

Joshua 5:12

And the day after they ate from the produce of the land, the manna ceased. Since there was no more manna for the Israelites, they ate from the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

Once the circumcised males had healed in Gilgal, they observed the Passover. This recognition of how God had instructed the Death Angel to pass over the households of those who had the blood of the lamb sprinkled over their doorposts was significant because it reminded them of God’s power in delivering them from Egypt. God’s purpose for them became greater than their pain. With the wilderness behind them and the flesh – the sign of Egypt and slavery – cut away, they were now positioned to take their Promised Land.

After the Israelites celebrated the Passover, they ate from the produce of the land. At this point the manna ceased. Manna was God’s provision in the wilderness, and He did not allow them to store it. Manna ruined on the second day, so they had to collect it anew every day. Now that they had tasted the crops of the new land, God stopped providing the manna. He did not allow it to become excess. He gave them a taste of the Promised Land and cut off their previous supply so they would move forward and possess what He had promised.

Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!

After we have experienced great pain from the cutting away of anything that has held us in bondage, God will allow us to taste and see that what He has waiting for us is good. He will cut off any supply in which we have become dependent so we will move forward and possess all He has for us. A realization that our purpose is much greater than the pain of the cutting away of our flesh combined with the taste of God’s goodness motivates us to conquer our enemies and take possession of His promises.

May this be a time in which our purpose becomes greater than our pain, and we are able to taste and see that what God has promised us is good. May we cross over into a place where new provisions are much sweeter and more fulfilling than the previous, and we are motivated to move forward to possess all God has for us. May we not look back but take new steps forward to possess our Promised Land in victory!

Have a blessed day!

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