The Promised Land

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“Rose Garden” is a song written in 1967 by American singer-songwriter Joe South. The song’s chorus explains; 

“I beg your pardon

I never promised you a rose garden

Along with the sunshine

There’s gotta be a little rain sometime.”

The writer penned these observations in regards to a relationship situation. But, the sentiment can apply to many areas of life, including our faith. So often, I believe, many of us expect life to be a rose garden once we accept Christ as our Savior, but we quickly learn that is not always the case. Does God promise us a life that is all rosy and perfect? 

The Israelites

In the Old Testament, we find the Israelites, who God’s chose as His people. Their stories show us a life full of hardships. But, many of their problems stem from a lack of faith and belief in God’s promises to them. As a result, they gave up when the going got tough. Instead of seeking more of God when life was hard, they sought ways to fix the problems on their own. They went from God-relent to self-relent. Thus demonstrating their faith to only be a fair-weather faith. Are we any different today?

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The Promised Land

For herders like the Jews, having a stable home of their own would be a true blessing. The promised land offered them a place to rest from their continual wandering. But this promise came with conditions. First, God commanded that Israel had to trust and follow Him. Second, God demanded faithful worship of Him. Even then, they would not find an easy time once they settled in their new home. 

Not a Rose Garden

Before the Israelites entered the promised land, Moses sent spies to survey the land (Numbers 13 & 14). Most of the spies reported a land filled with giants and many dangers. Two of them had a different story to tell. Joshua and Caleb understood that inhabiting the promised land would be impossible without God at their helm.

8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

(Numbers 14:8-9)

Our Promised Life

So if God does not promise us a rose garden as His followers, what does He promise us? Our Bible tells us all about the the promises of God. There are also many demonstrations of how He fulfilled His vows to His people. But first, we must believe in Christ and accept Him as our Savior to benefit from these promises. These assurances provide us comfort, rest, and a knowledge that God will be with us even when the path is rocky. We don’t get a rose garden, but we get the Master Gardner, who will keep the garden beautiful no matter the season. 

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God Promised

Here are some of my favorite promises of God:

  • God promises to give you rest. Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)
  • God promises to take care of all your needs. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NLT)
  • God promises to answer your prayers. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 ESV)
  • God promises to work everything out for your good. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28 NLT)
  • God promises to be with you. I will not fail you or abandon you. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5, 9 NLT)
  • God promises to protect you. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” (Psalm 91:2 NLT)
  • God promises you everlasting life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)

The Promised Rose Garden

We do have a rose garden life to look forward to in eternity. One day, we will graduate to our heavenly home to spend eternity with God. And, from all the Bible tells us about heaven, I believe I will finally have the rosy life I so long for daily. “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” (Romans 6:22 NIV)

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father. Help me to remain faithful even amid trials. I know you did not promise me an easy life, so help me remember all your promises so I can stay strong in my faith. Let Your promises replace my fears and doubts. Thank you for the assurance of my heavenly home with You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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Grace and Peace to you,

Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian #author, #blogger, and #speaker. #BibleGatewayPartner

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12 thoughts on “The Promised Land

  1. Melissa G. Henderson – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    Melissa G. Henderson

    I remember that song and often sing it. I am thankful to know that even though life on this earth will have troubles, we can rest in God. He promises peace and comfort when we meet Him in Heaven.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      And it will be a glorious day in Heaven. Thanks Melissa and God bless.

  2. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Beautiful thoughts! Thank God for his promises awaiting us in the future! An eternity with him will most certainly be a glorious rose garden!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes it will. Thanks Melinda and God bless.

  3. Amen Ms. Yvonne. I was impatient getting to the end of your post, because I just knew you were going to share about our promised perfect in eternity. You never let me down sweet friend. God’s blessings.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks JD. We stand on those promises to get us through the rough patches in life.

  4. Ava Pennington – Ava has a heart for God’s Word and God’s people. She’s passionate about encouraging readers and writers. She began writing for publication after a 20+ year corporate executive career in NYC. Her publication credits include articles in numerous magazines as well as short stories in 30+ anthologies. Her one-year devotional, Daily Reflections on the Names of God, is being released by Revell Books this year in a gift book edition, titled Reflections on the Names of God, which includes content from the original devotional. For more information about Ava’s books, speaking, and writers’ services, visit www.AvaPennington.com.
    Ava Pennington

    Thank you, Yvonne. I’ll never think of this song the same way again!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Ava, me too. I appreciate you visiting and commenting. God bless.

  5. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    A wonderful look at the OT Promised Land and our promised lives!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. I am looking forward to our promised life someday. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Now I feel old. Lol. I am glad we have such an awesome gardener in our lives. Thanks Karen and God bless

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