The Promised Land is not about a place, but a position in Christ. While the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land should have taken only four days, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty long years because they refused to enter into God’s rest. The same holds true for us.
Sarah and Abraham, in an attempt to help God (and themselves), came up with their own plan to have the promised child. It was not until they placed their trust in God, waited with patience and entered into His rest that they obtained the promise. It was only in God’s strength and ability that they received Isaac, the promised child.
Based on Sarah and Abraham’s experience, you too can choose rest or restlessness. One results in problems, the other in promise. In reality, it is God’s job to fulfill the promise. Your part is simply to trust and obey, taking steps as He leads and directs you along the way. If you find yourself busy scheming with plans and ideas and lacking peace and patience to see the promise fulfilled, it’s time to place yourself and the promise at the cross once again.
Keep watching, keep listening and keep obeying God’s direction. As He did with the Israelites, He will lead you to the promise by the shortest route you’ll allow Him to take you. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (Hebrews 4:11).
Faithful is He who called you and He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).