A Challenge For Kensington
We stand at a crossroads. Straight ahead lies the path of promise. To the left and right are paths which mat eventually lead to promise but are a circuitous, if not circular, route. Facing this path, we have a choice – do we follow the path of promise, trod before us by very feet of God and prepared by His Spirit, or do we take a path of our own choosing? Even our approach to the crossroads impacts our choice.
Along the path of promise stand giants, who desire to waylay us. Before we even come against these giants, we must determine in our hearts that our God is greater that an giant or foe we may face.
When the Israelites prepared to enter the land they were promised, they sent scouts ahead to explore the land. The scouts returned with reports of giants and carrying fruits many times the normal size. The scouts also brought back negative reports of their chances against the inhabitants. Instead of looking forward and trusting the God who brought them out of slavery, and is all-powerful and able to grant them the land He had promised them, they looked back at their capabilities and saw that they were physically small compared to the giants in their land.
God had used Moses to bring the people to this crossroads, but because of their disobedience and disbelief, God used Joshua to lead the next generation in. It was only after the “lost” generation had perished from among them that they were permitted to enter the land. They wandered for forty years in an area that would have taken them only 2 years to cross had they been obedient. But, because they did not trust that God would give them victory to possess what they had been promised, they were not allowed to enter the land of their promise.
They stood at a crossroads. We stand at that same crossroads. I believe that God has promised us Kensington. There are “Joshuas” and “Calebs” among us reminding us that, although these “giants” inhabit this land, God is greater than even the biggest “giant.” He alone is mighty to conquer these “giants’ and grant us our land of promise.
Will we look forward, to the God who is greater that drugs, promiscuity, broken families or will we set our focus on those “giants.” Will we see that God is bigger, or will we “see” that we are, in ourselves, smaller than what we stand against? Will we waste time wandering around or will we permit God to guide us> Will we allow fear to grip us, or will we trust God to take hold of our community in His grip of grace?