2 Kings 7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
The two master keys to possessing what God has promised for your life are faith and wisdom. Be relentless in growing in faith and in wisdom. You can’t get to God’s intended destination without them.
The failure of the Children of Israel to possess their promised land the first time around was not only because they doubted, but also because they lacked the wisdom. Although there were giants in the land they did not have the wisdom to recognize that if God promised it he would do it. Without that wisdom they believed their fears rather than what God said. Possessing your promise will require you to put your faith in His word, which is an act of wisdom. Faith and wisdom go hand in hand.
Another place in the scriptures where the need for both faith and wisdom to receive what was promised was In 2 Kings 7. There was a grave famine in the land of Israel, so much so that a woman had reported eating her son. In the midst of that the prophet Elisha declared the word of the Lord to say in effect that by this time tomorrow the famine would come to an end. A ruler, on whose hand the King leaned said that what Elisha was saying would not happen. In response, Elisha said to him: “behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.” As the man of God said, the famine broke, but he was trampled under feet of the people and died before he could eat thereof. The promise that God made was to all the people of Israel but he never received it because he lacked the wisdom to know that nothing is impossible with God. Without that knowledge he could not put his faith in the word of the Lord.
Not because God has promised something means that it will come to you. Your heart and mind must be prepared to receive it. Your heart is prepared when you have removed all doubt that what He says will come to pass and your mind is made ready when you possess the wisdom you need to occupy your promised land.
Life Application: Be in pursuit of your promise while adding to your wisdom and growing in faith.
Prayer: Lord, you have stated that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Give me wisdom in all situations. Help me to walk by faith and my by sight and to honour you in all that I do and say. In Jesus name, amen.