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Present & Pleased Devotional DAY SEVENTEEN

Are you familiar with old Israelite campsites? If you aren’t, that’s okay...that makes two of us! A long time ago, after Moses led the people out of Egypt, some 40 years of wandering, it was finally time to cross over into the Promised Land. The Israelites camped at a place called Acacia Grove. The next day they crossed the Jordan River, entered the Promised Land, and set up camp at a place called Gilgal.

Now you are probably wondering, “Why is he saying all of this? Who cares?” Here’s my point. These campsites represent something much larger than just a place to sleep. One campsite, Acacia Grove, symbolizes unfaithfulness and a broken covenant, while the other campsite, Gilgal, symbolizes faithfulness and a new covenant - a new beginning. The coolest part is they were only about a mile from each other!

Sometimes we feel like we are too lost, too far gone, and a lifetime from where we need to be. This Biblical example paints a perfect picture, proving otherwise! You are likely much closer to the place you need to be than you think you are! You might have to walk through a river to get there though, but if you have faith and are obedient in doing so, God may part that river for you like He did for the Israelites.

Bonus thought: Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River many years later. I wonder if that is significant here, too. The old life on one side, Jesus in the middle, a new life on the other side. Once you trust Jesus and accept Him, your old self is gone and your new life can begin.

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1 Comment

Renee S. - April 30th, 2021 at 9:32am

Great Word, Hayden! I think this is true in every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it's hard to identify when we are holding onto our own identity instead stepping (a mile) into the identity God has for us.