In Numbers 32, the Israelites find themselves on the edge of the Promised Land. This is what they’ve been waiting for for the past 40 years. Soon they’ll receive the great inheritance God has prepared for them.
Well, some of them will.
The tribes of Reuben and Gad decide that the land outside the Promised Land is good enough. They want to build fortified cities to protect their families and livestock. They agree to help the other tribes conquer the land, but afterwards they want to return.
I suppose this shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. I don’t think I’ll ever truly understand what motivates some people to make such narrow-minded and short-sighted decisions. I’ll give Reuben and Gad props for at least being willing to help the rest of the Israelites, but what a foolish waste to quit the race just before they receive the prize.
In Philippians 3:14, Paul says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
I don’t want to settle in my relationship with Christ. I don’t want to live with “acceptable” or “medicore”. I want to experience God’s best for my life. That means commitment, sacrifice, trust, and perseverance.