Biblically, the Promised Land is that which was first promised to Abram in Genesis 12:1-7. Today, it has also come to mean a happy place or condition that someone wants to reach; it’s a place where dreams or hopes can come true.
My friend, Persis Tiner, recently shared some wonderful insights into the concept of a promised land; and I’m grateful for her pemission to post them here:
Have you ever stopped to consider the Israelites journey through The Wilderness? Wow! They did a lot of camping on their way to their Promised Land – forty years of camping, in fact! How long do you think it will take you to get to your Promised Land? Do you ever think of your life’s journey in terms of camping; of being a full-time camper? Do you even suppose you can reach your own Promised Land in forty years?
How many nights do you think the Israelites spent in one spot? Did God move them every night, every week, or every month? Any way you put it, they could not put their pegs too far into the ground; consider of all the work. Our lives are also like that if you think about it. This life, and everything in it, is temporary; this is not our home; it is what we are journeying through to get to our real, eternal home. We could call this existence our ‘camping world’, or perhaps our ‘tent world’, and everything in this world of ours is constantly changing. Every circumstance, every experience, every stage of life – they’re all like tents and camping. We dwell in one place or circumstance for a season, and then move on to another. Our childhood was a tent season, and then we moved on to adolescence; good times, bad times, success and failures, problems, joys and sorrows, adulthood and old age; all can be likened to camping out before moving on.
As Christians, our Promised Land is a place called Heaven; a place where temporary is changed into eternal. Every problem will be solved, every temptation resolved, and joy everlasting will be ours. Therefore, don’t let the temporary things of life, the scenery of life, determine how you see things or how you feel and respond to them. Tread lightly, don’t put your tent pegs down too deep. Keep your eyes and your mind set on where you are going, looking ahead your permanent home. Live every day as a camper, and don’t get caught up in your circumstances. Tread lightly and focus on the Promised Land; focus on Home.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down
(that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this,
and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
(2Cor. 4:16-5:5 NLT)
You must be logged in to post a comment.