Mar 8 (Daily reading: Numbers 31-32) The tribes of Reuban and Gad saw that the land on the east side of the Jordan was ideal for their livestock, so they asked Moses if this land could be their inheritance. Moses reacted strongly, “Should your fellow Israelites go to war while you sit here?” (32:6). Moses was satisfied when the two tribes promised that they would cross over the Jordan to fight with their brothers in the conquest of the Promised Land.
We have seen allegorically that the land that flowed with milk and honey represents the abundant life promised by Jesus (Jn. 10:10). But just getting into this land of promise was not the end; it had to be conquered before it could be possessed. Jesus did this for us: the sin principle that enslaved us was abolished by His death and resurrection. God … “sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin … He condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom. 8:3). Because of this, our life in Christ is one of abundance, but living abundantly is not a life of ease; it is spiritual warfare. Moses asked them, in essence, “Do you think you can just sit here and not fight?”
Paul reminds us of this warfare: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:3-4, NIV). The abundant life is a disciplined life! Paul was diligent: “I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27, NIV). The strongholds against us are only strong when we face them in our own strength. Concerning his disciplined life, Paul affirmed: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).
– Al Gary