December Devotion

Milk & Honey (part 1)

We hold fast to the promises of God. One promise He gave to Abraham is repeated in many places throughout the Scriptures.

But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.
Leviticus 20:24 (ESV)

Just the thought of a land “flowing with milk and honey,” brings to mind images of a peaceful, bountiful, and carefree existence. When we examine the history of the Israelite people, though, what do we see? Slavery in Egypt... Wandering in the desert... Constant war with the inhabitants of Palestine... Where is the peace? Where is the bounty?

The children of Israel had to fight their way through the city of Jericho just to enter the Promised Land and the fighting raged continuously until the days of David and Solomon. They experienced a few years of relative peace and plenty but then war again; this time with Assyria. Following that, a return to slavery in Babylon. Where is the milk? Where is the honey?

Spend the month of December meditating on this and we’ll discuss this promise from God a bit more with our January devotion.