“I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to fill the land.” Exodus 23:30
“Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4)
Yes! I want that. I want to be mature and complete, not lacking anything. How do I build a lifestyle that allows perseverance to finish it’s work?
“I will send my terror upon all the people whose lands you invade, and they will panic before you. I will send hornets ahead of you to drive out the Hivites, Canaanites, and Hittites. But I will not do this all in one year because the land would become a wilderness, and the wild animals would become too many to control. I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to fill land.” (Exodus 23:27-30)
God will send his terror. God will send hornets ahead of me to drive out the bad. God will drive them out a little at a time. It is God’s work within me that will drive out my impatience, my fears, my poor parenting moments, my people-pleasing, my cravings for significance and everything else I let possess my “Promised Land” of maturity and completion, not lacking anything.
The Challenge: If my Promised Land is an existence in which I am “mature and complete, not lacking anything,” then I need to surrender my imperfect plan for God’s. He will teach me how to trade my imperfect ways for his perfect way. He will conquer the territory within me that sin owns. As I learn how to offer my life up to God, making every moment an opportunity for his will, not mine, he will increase his population within me. Finally, then, will I be strong in character, ready for anything.