“For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.”
God warns Israel that they had not come to their rest. God was warning them that though they had seen Him do many miraculous things in their lives, and though they had journeyed for several years, they still had more to conquer. God was challenging this nation not to lose their faith vision of what they started out to do because He had more to give them if they didn’t suffice for what they had accomplished.
Satisfaction is one of the greatest destroyers of continued success. When a believer sees God begin to work in their lives, they must guard against becoming satisfied with what they have done. When a business person has a great year of income, they must be careful not to let up on what they have done if they want to see continued growth in their business. If a bus captain gets satisfied with the size of their route, they can destroy the future growth of reaching more children for Christ. If a pastor becomes satisfied with the nice buildings and the size of his church, he will miss what God could do if he continued to work like he did to get what he has.
My friend, it is easy to let satisfaction set in when you have seen some growth, but like God told Israel, there is more that He would like to do through you. God’s blessings of the past will never give satisfaction for your hungry soul today. You need fresh blessings from God to satisfy your spiritual hunger. You need new success if you are going to see continued growth in your life, ministry, or business. Let me give you a couple of thoughts about God’s challenge that He has more to give you if you keep going.
First, God has the power to do more when He has already shown His power in your life, ministry, or business. If you rest upon what you have done, you will miss what God has yet to accomplish through your life. If you think what God has already done is good, you will miss the greater blessings of the future. Like my mother used to tell me when the main portion of the meal was over, “Keep your fork; the best is yet to come.” My friend, the best is yet to come if you won’t become satisfied with what God has already done.
Second, you have died if you have become satisfied with yesterday’s blessings. Your spiritual life is dead if all you do the rest of your life is talk about what God used to do. There are many people that the only stories they have are from yesterday. Let me ask you, is God’s hand shortened that He can’t do something great today? Living on yesterday’s blessing will leave you spiritually deficient and dissatisfied. You must always remember that you must continue to get “new blood” if you are going to see continued growth. A business that doesn’t get new business is a dying business. A church that doesn’t reach more souls is a dying church. A bus route that doesn’t add more riders every week is a route that is dying. A Sunday school class that doesn’t add more members is a dying Sunday school class. You must understand that you have to grow to maintain, and you have to multiply to get more. You cannot rely on what happened yesterday because God has more to give.
My friend, have you become satisfied with what you have? Are you resting on yesterday’s blessings? Let me remind you that God has more blessings to give if you will realize that this is not your rest. The future blessings will be far better than the past blessings, but you will never realize how good the future blessings are if you quit.