“I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey … “

~ Exodus 3:8, HCSB

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God covenanted with Israel that He’d give them a land flowing with milk and honey. The Lord would only pledge such if He had already provided that property with what He promised.

  • But to experience God’s promises, they had to trust God first.

The Israelites were slaves. They had to garner the faith that He’d save them.

  • The Lord gave them ample evidence of His faithfulness.

The Lord freed them from their bondage by judging the sins of those who opposed His will. Only those He saved through the plagues did He enable to experience the blessings He promised. He did so with many signs of His holiness, grace, and truth.

  • They had to believe that the same God would fulfill His promises.

But that’s not what happened. Even those He rescued through miracles failed to believe in what He willingly provided. Almost all rebelled and never got to see God’s full faithfulness to them.

  • Those who did saw God’s grace.

Not only did God demonstrate grace in saving them, His grace also provided His people with the land flowing with milk and honey. Just as they hadn’t merited their salvation, they did nothing to create such provisions.

What they found in Palestine was that the bees had already produced the honey God promised them. The Lord had ordained that the bees provide for them. And they did.

Just as the people of God had done nothing to produce the honey with which He blessed them, they had committed no acts of righteousness to save themselves either.

If He we can trust Him to give us blessings such as honey, then we can trust Him for salvation as well. If we believe He saved us, then we should have faith that He will provide for us as well.

 

If God has saved us, what other blessings does He have in store for us?