The One Percent (Joshua 1:4)

“We are the 99%”

 

Angry mobs stormed major cities around the United States in 2011, proclaiming this clarion cry of their Occupy Movement. The heart of their message was protesting social and economic equality. They drew a distinction between the wealthy 1% who control 40% of the wealth of this country and the other 99%, whose needs they claimed to represent. Their protests brought worldwide attention to a growing socioeconomic disparity averring that all citizens should be able to equally and completely share in the prosperity of their respective countries. Shouldn’t all citizens share in the blessings their homeland has to offer?

 

From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.

Joshua 1:4 (ESV)

 

It may be startling to realize that God had promised the Israelites an area of over three hundred thousand square miles. Yet, even at the height of the Kindom of Israel, no more than 10% was ever completely under control by Israel. In fact, when one looks at the actual land occupied by the modern nation of Israel, it is closer to 1%. But there is a beautiful ending, still being written for the history of the world. God has promised that Israel will someday occupy all of this promised land. During the Millenial reign of Jesus Christ, Israel will finally receive the full blessings of God’s promises. No longer limited to 1 percent, the entire land will be theirs.

 

Like the Israelites, I am part of the 1%, failing to claim God’s abundant promises. Will I and other Christian believers live an anemic and weak life claiming less than 1% of God’s blessings like the Israelites? Let’s choose to be obedient to His will and live the victorious life that He has always promised us.

 

Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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