Hebrews 11:16 “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
I love to sing To Canaan’s Land I’m on my Way. Each time the song is sung I can picture a beautiful, peaceful journey to a land where there will be “no sad farewells, no tear dimmed eyes, where all is peace and joy and love and the soul never dies.”
The Physical Canaan’s Land: Israel journeyed from Egypt to their Canaan Land. Israel was held in bondage to Egypt until God sent Moses to set them free. They were held in physical bondage by Pharaoh. However, Exodus 2:24 tells us that “God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” He brought them out of bondage to reside in a place He had set aside for them, “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8). Canaan was the land promised to the Israelite children who would remain faithful. The Lord said, “I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.” (Leviticus 25:38). Ultimately, Joshua led the faithful Israelites into the Promised Land.
The Spiritual Canaan’s Land: The faithful child of God is also on a journey. Today, men can and are still held in bondage. Of course, this is the bondage of sin. Scripture tells us that we all sin from time to time (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8, 10). While we are living in this condition, we are separated from God (Isaiah 59:1-2; Micah 3:4). However, God has provided a way of escape for us; “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The bonds of sin are broken through obedience to His word (Romans 1:16; 6:17; Ephesians 2:1). Jesus promised a place prepared for those who would be faithful (John 14:1-4). This place is called Heaven. It is the spiritual Canaan’s Land reserved for the steadfast child of God. This Canaan is described as “…an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).
Moses led Israel to freedom from bondage in Egypt. Jesus is the Savior who has made it possible for men today to be set free from the bondage to sin. He “…became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:9). It is only by and through Him that we can truly say, “to Canaan’s Land I’m on my way… where the soul never dies.”
Will you be in the number that will enter into the Promised Land?
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