Ladies’ Bible study began again after the holiday break and I always look forward to it…the fellowship with friends and the new studies. (This group I attend is called “Joy in the Morning”..isn’t that a great name for Bible study?)
Yesterday, I began a study by Priscilla Shirer called “One in a Million” – only week one, but I throughly enjoyed it. We are looking at the children of Israel’s journey from bondage in Egypt to the Promised Land as we think about our own personal journey towards that land of “abundant living”…overflowing with milk and honey…that God has offered for all believers. Of the nearly two million children who fled Egypt, TWO actually entered Canaan! (Yes, that “one in a million”!) This study is about encouraging each of us to actually enter the” promised land” we are entitled to as God’s child….and not being content to live in the wilderness.
I’ll admit, when I first considered the analogy, I was thinking of Canaan as Heaven…and this life now as my wilderness journey (and sometimes, it does feel like that)…but God’s word tells us repeatedly that, as a Christian, an abundant life – full and overflowing – is mine now. It is that life He has promised, I believe, that Canaan represents in this study. There is no need to settle for the wilderness when Christ came “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)
I am really excited about this study – even the homework! And that Miss Shirer is too cute (so enjoyable to listen).