It was God’s chosen people. It was those who had laid waste to Pharaoh’s army and the ones who had carried away the riches of Egypt. Shackles had been plucked from their wrists and feet and iron collars broken from their necks. A pillar of fire stood watch over them as they slept, and a pillar cloud led them by day. A river poured from rock and food fell from heaven to sustain them. It was the greatest army ever assembled. Their fathers were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the hand God was upon them.
1 Kings 4:32-33 “And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall:”
Solomon noticed something growing in an unlikely place. It wasn’t planted in the wall. No one was tending the vine. Aged, towering, destined for the house of God – the mighty cedars caught Solomon’s attention but so did the hyssop. It caused the King to take notice. God is the author of success. Stay in your place. Stay still and get rooted. God is not done yet. You can experience revival in a strange place. You don’t get good to get God – You get God and then things happen.
All of the tribes of Israel were gathered together. There had been whispers of enormous stalks of grapes, honey dew melons, pomegranates, and berries. Herds of cattle grazed the green pastures and clusters of hinds drank from sparkling clear rivers. The children prattled on about milk and honey, but someone said something about monsters. Enormous, grizzled men carrying unbreakable swords and spears larger than tent poles. Soon the conversation changed, the people became frightened of giants – the Sons of Anak. They looked past all of the good and focused on their inadequacies instead of what God was about to do.
2 Corinthians 6:2 “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation.”
12 men had been sent to search out the land of Canaan. 10 men stood in the way of millions being blessed. They spread rumors of giants, horses, chariots and said nothing of God. Joshua and Caleb saw things differently. You can believe what you see, or you can trust the word of God. The Promise is greater than your circumstances. We cannot afford to wait for things to change.
Joel 2:23 “Be glad…and rejoice in the Lord…for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former and the latter…” God has done some stuff up until this point. But it doesn’t have anything on what He’s about to do.
He destroyed Pharaoh’s army in the red sea but now He’s about to let an 85-year-old man defeat an entire mountain of giants. He allowed mana to fall from heaven each day but now He is going to give Israel a land that flows with milk and honey. A pillar cloud led the Israel by day but now their traveling days are over.
Don’t miss out on what God is about to do in your life. If a vine growing out of a wall could catch the attention of a King, I wonder what would happen if you whispered the name of Jesus in sincerity.
I’m praying this week for God to do something in your life – something only God could do.
Love and Prayers,
Pastor Jack Smith
The answer to the question is Colossians 2:9, “For in HIM dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”