The Entry Generation

Numbers 6:22 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

His Glory 

Dr. Elizabeth Scott writes about complaining in her article, How and Why You Should Stop Complaining: “Frequent complaining might also reduce the number of positive influences in your life. The people who do want to spend time with you tend to reinforce your negativity through corumination, or re-hashing past events over and over again.” 

It sounds familiar and we know what happened to the “exit generation” from Egypt because of complaining against God. But do we know that the same generation would have enjoyed the best things in life even through the wilderness? Absolutely! God who freed them phenomenally promised to keep them graciously face to face with blessings and peace. 

What a tragedy, however. They exited only to vanish without becoming an “entry generation.” They forfeited the promised land, and most of all they forfeited what could be God’s signature over impossibilities; a priceless experience. There would have been a path of about a three-week journey from the point of deliverance to the entry of the promised land, but the Lord chose the long way off a total of 40 long years. God’s ways can be unfamiliar and past finding out. However, it is where his grace is usually traceable. 

The long journey of a believer qualifies the “entry generation.” They are those who are made with the call to experience the promises of God. Many would expect hope but rather escape the experiences before it but the entry generation would rather walk with God through wherever he leads (Rom. 5:4 KJV) and feel the peace of his presence. Before the ultimate promise are promises that prove who God is. Meaning, he and his virtues must be exalted before the actual fulfillment takes place. 

My Inmost 

Heavenly Father, help me to expect more of you less of myself. It is the way to make the journey a quest for your glory. I know that your promise is certain because you cannot deny yourself but let me see in the making your protection, your grace, and your peace. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, amen. 

G.P. Improso

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