From Andrew T.
In today's reading from Numbers, the people of Reuben and the people of Gad decide that they have followed long enough. They saw that the land of Jazer and Gilead was good for livestock and asked Moses to give it to them. The people of Reuben and Gad decided that there was no need to cross the Jordan into the land that God had promised when there was good, livable land right next to them.
As we see throughout the Old Testament, the people of God continually place limits on their journey with the Lord. Reuben and Gad, like their fathers before them, decided that they didn't need to walk any further, that the cost to cross into the promised land was just too great. Sound familiar?
When I reflect on my own life, I can identify many small, subtle 'Jordans' that I refuse to cross on a daily basis. I am constantly putting my stake in the ground and refusing to walk further—the road is too long, the pain is too great, and I don't believe it will ultimately be worth it. I find some middle ground or halfway house and decide it is good enough; I settle for something easy and immediate rather than the difficult but glorious. As C.S. Lewis would say, I am like "an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because [I] cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. [I am] far too easily pleased."
May we as a church be a people filled with the faith that our labor is not in vain, that there is a beautiful and perfect promised land awaiting us across our many Jordans.
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