8 If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
I wonder about the land of milk and honey, inhabited by giants, but sinful and pissing God off. Big country, rich, ready for overthrow by a force that when measured by traditional means, was smaller and less capable. I wonder how they got so far away from God. In their arrogance, they didn’t understand, didn’t believe, that God was with them, blessing them, even in their disobedience – both the Jews and Canaanites.
The Jesus asks “who do you think I am?” “The Messiah, the son of the living God” is the answer. The answer was not that He was a great man, wise teacher, or prophet, but the Messiah – God on earth. The ultimate milk and honey. God – seen, touched, lived with. God, in our midst! He was real, hanging out with the bottom rung of the social ladder. I wonder if Jesus did the “pull my finger” joke. In betting that’s where the joke came from.
“If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.” If the Lord is pleased with us. He must have something left for us because He is still with us, still blessing us, still waiting for us to come to Him.
We live in the land of milk and honey, the west does. We have it so good and we claim it as ours, not as a blessing, much like the Canaanites. Are we ready for an overthrow? It’s God getting ready to take His blessing away from us?
I have no idea and I’m not going to try to predict what God will do. What I do know is that as we piss Him off more and more, He will eventually determine we’ve gone to far, and for our own sake, issue a course correction.
There are two ways to look at the land of milk and honey: as a right or as a blessing. I don’t believe that we’re entitled to milk and honey, I think it’s a blessing. Wild animals struggle for food, survival, existence. Those in the west don’t. There’s more than enough.
Question though: why do those who aren’t in the west struggle? What does God think about how we’re using that blessing he’s given us? Why is ¼ of the world’s population starving? Why do we have narco-governments? Poverty? Violence? Subjectgation? Slavery? Why do we have Chicago, Detroit, Newark, etc.? Why do we have the second poorest city in Illinois right next to one of the greatest concentrations of wealth in the world?
We are at war. It is time to pick up our armor and fight for the blessing we have been given. It’s time to take God’s blessing away from those who are misusing it and put it to work the way God intended. He is with us, he will leave them, just as he left the Canaanites. We need to stop grumbling and stop looking to return to “Egypt”, and instead listen to God. The way forward is laid out for us; we have the training manual, we have the armor, we have the blessing.
It’s time to make things right in God’s eyes.
This is war.