Do Not Settle
As I was thinking and talking about the pressing season we are in, I could not help but think about something the Lord once said to me.
It was many years ago, at a time when I was praying and asking God for very specific things. Several times, it appeared the prayers were being answered yet it wasn’t exactly what I was praying for, close but not exactly.
During that time the Lord said to me ‘don’t settle for less when your heart is crying out for more.’
That statement has stuck with me for over twenty-five years. It always comes across my mind when the enemy is attempting to weary me and talk me into settling for less than what God has for me, to settle for the ‘good enough’ rather than the fullness of the promise.
I believe there are times we become weary of waiting on the promise. In those times, it is often tempting to ‘fix it ourselves’ or ‘settle for less than what we are promised.’ That’s what Abraham did with Ishmael. The promise seemed delayed so they decided to make it happen, but it wasn’t the fullness of the blessing, was it?
I also believe many times we set out on a journey to possess the promises of God, however, when things don’t turn out the way we thought, we want to turn back. What was behind us begins to look a little better when what is ahead of us is challenging.
We see that with the children of Israel.
Numbers 14:2-4 says; And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So, they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”
Hebrews 10:38 says; Now, the just shall live by faith; but if any man draw back, my soul has no pleasure in him.
God is not pleased when we desire to turn back or when we want to give up on our promise. God is not pleased when we want to settle for less than what He has for us.
God promised the children of Israel a Promised land flowing with milk and honey, yet most of them did not fully possess the promise.
Why? Many complained and were negative about everything God did for them. Many were afraid to press in and drive out the giants, even though God was with them. They didn’t want to fight for their promise – and they didn’t. Therefore, they did not receive it.
As I was thinking about this today, I remembered part of a teaching I had read by Karen Hardin recently, I want to share one part with you…
‘Don’t settle for good enough.
We see that many of the Israelite tribes did not fully receive their promise. Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh were content to live on the east side of the Jordan because the land was “good enough” for them (Numbers 32:1). It was good for pasture and so they settled for it without ever even entering the Promised Land.
Many of the other tribes entered and fought to take their inheritance, but we learn that many of them never pressed in to fully push out those that occupied the land and so they chose to live with the giants and other inhabitants rather than fully receive their inheritance. They grew weary in the battle because while they were equipped and able to take the land, it required hard work and so when they encountered the battles and the whirlwind, they chose to stop and settle for what they had achieved. Most never fully realized their place of provision and it caused issues for them the rest of their lives because they stopped. They were unwilling to battle all the way through to victory.
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those whom you let remain will be like thorns in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will show hostility to you in the land in which you live. (Numbers 33:55).’
The part that captured my attention is this; if you don’t fight all the way through and totally overcome the giants and challenges in your life, they will remain a thorn in your eyes and thorns in your sides. To me that says ‘they will always affect how you see and how you walk.’
Listen friends, the enemy is going to do everything in his power to attempt to stop you from receiving the fullness of your promise – however, he does NOT have the ability to stop you unless you allow it. God is with you. God wants you to receive the fullness of all Christ died to give you – however, that is up to you.
It may not be easy, it may be a fight to the very end. You may become weary and want to give up but don’t! Don’t give up. God is with you. God has never once failed and He won’t fail you this time. He is faithful. He sent His son to die for you to give you more, don’t settle for less.