Walking It Out

Joshua 14:6-12

Caleb ] The people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite spoke: “You’ll remember what God said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me back at Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of God sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land. And I brought back an honest and accurate report. My companions who went with me discouraged the people, but I stuck to my guns, totally with God, my God. That was the day that Moses solemnly promised, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance, you and your children’s, forever. Yes, you have lived totally for God.’ Now look at me: God has kept me alive, as he promised. It is now forty-five years since God spoke this word to Moses, years in which Israel wandered in the wilderness. And here I am today, eighty-five years old! I’m as strong as I was the day Moses sent me out. I’m as strong as ever in battle, whether coming or going. So give me this hill country that God promised me. You yourself heard the report, that the Anakim were there with their great fortress cities. If God goes with me, I will drive them out, just as God said.”

God said that wherever his feet traveled, He would give him the land.  Is this still true today for Christians?  Do we get to have the inheritance which we did not earn?  Do we get to claim that everywhere our feet tread we are claiming it for Jesus? Yes! Yes! And Yes!  Today’s Christians are entitled to the same benefits as back in the Bible days, so why do we not claim that goodness?

My husband and I are heading on a road trip at this very moment and it was the trip that almost did not happen.  We faithfully tithe to our church and give when God directs and He always provides for us in the most wonderful ways when we least expect.  As we were planning out our fall trip, finances were short.  When we went to Traverse City earlier this year we were in the same boat but we went on faith and we had everything provided for us.   We had an awesome time.  As we began to plan this trip we kept hitting dead ends.  We had planned on going to a campground we had visited last year at this time, however, the connections were just not being made so we thought God must have different plans for us.

So, we stopped pursuing this place and I surrendered it to God.  I said, “God this is now Your vacation, we will go where You lead us.”  I was in the car at the time and I heard the name Kristy. Kristy, who is Kristy? I was thinking and then I put two and two together.  God had made a connection this past summer at a music festival and this Kristy person and I had conversation and she invited my husband and I to come visit if we were ever in the area.  Now, mind you she lives like 7 hours away from us and I just exchanged numbers with her and said we would keep that in mind.  So I texted her and now we are headed her direction at one of the most beautiful times of the year in Michigan when all the trees are changing colors.

Now we just had one issue, where we going to stay? Kristy gave me some names of places but when we called they were just not in the budget.  Yesterday afternoon I was ready to say, forget it, we are not going we can’t afford it.  In total frustration I literally typed this into Google search:  God, find the Czarniak’s a cheap cabin to stay in.  How simple it was!  I clicked on the first option and it took us to a place just south of the Mackinaw Bridge and a 3 night stay was $106 total.  How awesome is our God? All it took was for me to let God take over, and He provided almost instantly!!!!

This lesson in all of this?  God directs our steps.  When He closes doors it’s often because He has something so much better for us.  Makes me wonder how many times I missed out on something wonderful just because I got frustrated that things were not going my way.  Funny how God just works things out on our behalf!

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