Something to think about.
The Promised Land
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Joshua 1:1-2
The time has come, and the Israelites are about to take possession of this promise. The interesting thing about this promise is the word give. When you read the rest of the story, you’ll see that Joshua leads the people of Israel in a war of conquest. They go in and invade and conquer the promise land. When God says “give” it does not mean that all you have to do is open your hand to receive. It does not mean that out of nowhere your desire will be fulfilled. It means that God will be there to provided you with what you need to accomplish what he has promised you. In order to receive what God wants to give you, you have to be fully vested in the pursuit. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan, they were fully vested in the acquisition of Gods promise. They went in knowing that they were putting their lives on the line, literally not figuratively. Has God promised you something? Have you received it? Was it without cost? If it cost you nothing, it is not from God. God wants you to recognize Him in all you do. He shows Himself to us when we look back and see His hand weaved through the times in our lives when we were not sufficient or equal to the task. He is visible when we attain victory and recognize that it was by His working in our lives that we achieved victory.