I’m taking a couple of posts to glean some principles from the Old Testament. Even though their fight was in the natural, some of the things they learned can be applied to us.
One of the things I’ve always wondered about is why God seems to make it so hard to obey Him. God told Israel that He was giving them the Promised Land. But, in order to claim it, they had to fight giants and other mighty warriors.
Actually, it turns out that there’s more to the story. It’s a lesson that we should take to heart in our generation.
After the flood of Noah’s day, God’s blessing and anointing were passed on through his son, Shem. 32 years after the flood, Shem had a grandson named Shelah.
When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber.
The name, Shelah means the spear of attack. Interesting name…his parents must have seen great things in his future. Actually, we know that Shelah had a deep relationship with the Lord. God spoke to him just like He called out to many in this family line.
Long before Abraham was called, Shelah was given the same orders as Abraham. He was told to leave his home to follow God’s leading. The difference is that he never left everything to follow God’s voice.
How do I know this? Instead of leaving his home, he named his son, Eber – which means the land across the river. He must have reasoned, “I can’t go, but I’ll have my son obey God’s call.” It turns out that Eber didn’t leave home either.
Actually, the word, Hebrew, comes from the name Eber. It means, from the family of Eber.
Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.
Eber had a son around the same time that God destroyed the Tower of Babel. The Lord divided the nations and people dispersed throughout the world. So Eber named his son Peleg, which means, divided.
Why is all of this important? It’s so we can understand the reason for immediate obedience to God.
The enemy knew about God’s call upon the family of Shelah. I’m sure they talked and even argued about it on more than one occasion.
The devil knew the beautiful land that God wanted to give to this family. That’s where the Messiah was to be born. And with Him, the enemy’s ultimate defeat.
So the devil strategically placed his most fearsome, brutal warriors in that part of the world. He reasoned that “if you want your people to have this land, then you’re going to have to fight me for it.”
The fact is that God called His people to inhabit that land long before the nations were divided. When God called Shelah, there were no giants in the land. They could have walked in and taken possession with no resistance.
This is why obedience to God’s voice is so important. Once we know God’s will, we need to walk it out. We must take the “high ground” before the enemy can get assembled.
When the devil knows what you want to do for God, his goal is to stop you. The longer you take to obey God, the more resistance can be prepared against you.
Please understand, the enemy can’t stop you from fulfilling your calling. But, he can make it more difficult than it would have been if you’d obeyed immediately.
Don’t play into the enemy’s hand. Find your calling in Christ and then quickly begin walking in it. You’ll be glad you did.
Question: What’s the next step God is calling you to do?
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