The Promised Land by NiceTime

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									Title:
The Promised Land!

Word Count:
407

Summary:
When the Israelites heard that God
was going to take them to the promi
sed land they were excited as I'm s
ure you would be too. The road to t
he promised land however turned out
 not to be what they expected. They
 expected to be taken there speedil
y and in comfort, but instead the r
oad took them through the desert an
d they endured all kinds of hardships.

Food was   scarce and so was water, y
et there   wasn't a single night they
 went to   bed without having eaten o
r having   quenched ...


Keywords:
promised land,bible


Article Body:
When the Israelites heard that God
was going to take them to the promi
sed land they were excited as I'm s
ure you would be too. The road to t
he promised land however turned out
 not to be what they expected. They
 expected to be taken there speedil
y and in comfort, but instead the r
oad took them through the desert an
d they endured all kinds of hardships.

Food was scarce and so was water, y
et there wasn't a single night they
 went to bed without having eaten o
r having quenched their thirst. God
 provided in their needs in miracul
ous ways.

But the people of God were not happ
y and started to long for their lif
e in Egypt. Even though they were s
laves, food was widely available an
d they could eat and drink whenever
 they pleased. They wanted to get t
o the promised land as soon as poss
ible and didn't see the need to go
through all the trouble.

Although the Israelites didn't real
ize it then, the difficulties they
went through had a purpose. It was
preparing them for the promised lan
d. We alway sthink of ourselves as
"right" and ready for whatever life
 wants to give us, but the truth is
, most of the time we are not. And
it is only when we are put in a pre
ssure cooker, if you will, that our
 true character is formed.

And even though we don't like this
process when we go through it, we a
re always glad afterwards. Because
hindsight gives us the benefit of l
ooking back from our destination an
d seeing which was the best route.

The story I portrayed happened a lo
ng time ago, but is still relevant
today. The promise of a land of mil
k and honey is as real and as appea
ling to us today as it was for the
Israelites. But just as the route o
f the Bible went through the desert
, our route also sometimes go throu
gh the desert.

In order to get to the promised lan
d, we sometimes have to endure hard
ships and make sacrifices, which in
 the end becomes worthwhile.

There is the well-known saying, "ea
sy come, easy go". We all know peop
le who gained instant wealth, and l
ost it just as instantly.

Why is this? Because they were not
prepared. Lasting wealth and happin
ess takes time and effort. Most peo
ple in the world are not happy wher
e they are, but choose to remain th
ere because they want the easy life.

								
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