“Understand your place in the family. You come to God not as a stranger but as an heir to the promise. You approach God’s throne not as an interloper but as a child in whom the Spirit of God dwells.”- Max Lucado
“This resurrection life you receive from God is not a timid grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike ‘What’s next, Papa?’ God’s Spirit touches our spirit and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us — an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through good times with him.”- Romans 8:15 (MSG)
Max Lucado concludes Chapter 4 of Unshakable Hope as he talks about one of the most famous stories in the Bible. The topic is inheritance. Specifically, the Promised Land. Just delivered from Egyptian captivity, God leads the Israelites to the edge of Canaan. Hence, the Lord tells Moses to send a leader from each tribe to explore that promised land. A land He’s giving to them.
As a result, the Israelites faced two clear choices: promise or circumstance? Of course, they chose not to trust God’s promise. And that bad decision resulted in a forty-year probation penalty. Yet, at the end of that period, we tend to think of Joshua as taking the land. Instead, Max states, it’s more precise to think that Joshua took God at His word.
Most noteworthy, Joshua faced challenges as well. However, he faced each challenge with faith as an heir of God. We, too, are heirs with Christ of God’s estate. Also, God provides whatever we need to face the challenges of life.
Today’s question: What Scriptures help you approach God’s throne as a child? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Why our prayers matter”