Have you ever waited for a promise to be fulfilled that God gave you and it seemed like you were waiting forever? I’m reminded of all the years I waited for the day when I would finally meet my beautiful wife, Juanita. As a youth, I looked forward to being married one day. Growing up, I gave the marriage relationship much thought, prayer, and preparation. I knew in my heart that the Lord had given me a high regard for marriage, even as a very young man, because He was preparing me for the Promised Land of marriage. Yet, as the years passed, I became increasingly discouraged. I remember at one point, finally having an epiphany and confessing to the Lord, I have been too preoccupied with searching for my wife. It’s time I focused on You instead. About two months after I got my priorities straight, I met Juanita!

In the first chapter of the book of Joshua, forty years after the exodus and wandering through the wilderness, the children of Israel were finally about to enter their Promised Land. In verse 11, Joshua commands his officers, “Within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.” After all those years, they were now about to cross over the Jordan River, the final barrier that stood between them and entering the land of promise.

Are you standing on the banks of your own personal Jordan, gazing across the water at the Promised Land on the other side? Is it so close that not only can you see it, but you can hear it, smell it, almost even touch it; yet, it still seems far out of your reach? Let me ask you a question: is your focus on the Promised Land or the Faithful One who made the promise? We all need to examine ourselves carefully and honestly because I believe sometimes we confuse the two. God gives us awesome gifts, not so we can get wrapped up in the gift, but so we can give glory and praise to the Giver! Jesus said it best in Matthew 6:33, when He stated, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Let me encourage you, God will keep His promises and they will be fulfilled in His perfect timing. If you’re wondering why it’s taking so long, check your heart because there may be some issues that He wants to work out of you first. Or maybe He just wants to teach you patience! No matter what His reasons are, know, just like the children of Israel, that God has not forgotten His promises to you. Remember, He is called “Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11). Guess what? That’s not just a statement of fact … it’s another promise, too!

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