The promised land

Nehemiah 9:15 “In their anger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them.” (NIV)*

Northview Church Grounds (photo by Patty Perkins)

Northview Church Grounds (photo by Patty Perkins)

The Christian life is the promised land, meant to be possessed. It’s not a carrot out of reach or a boundary to walk around, but a place to walk through daily. We have the opportunity to know the presence of the Lord and partake of his very life. The land of Canaan has been given to us with uplifted, gracious hand.

Spiritually we were hungry and he came as bread. We were thirsty and he became living water poured out, filling us with his holy spirit.

Do we believe? That’s the boundary to cross — over the line of disbelief and into the land of faith. A land in which to dwell. Oh, for the faith to believe what he says…the promised land is meant for me. Alleluia and amen.


This is not a new analogy. The Saving Life of Christ by Major Ian Thomas gives wonderful explanation.

*The One Year Bible, 8/14, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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