It’s Enough

The LORD said to Moses, “Command the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance will have these boundaries:

“‘Your southern side will include some of the Desert of Zin along the border of Edom. On the east, your southern boundary will start from the end of the Salt Sea, cross south of Scorpion Pass, continue on to Zin and go south of Kadesh Barnea. Then it will go to Hazar Addar and over to Azmon, where it will turn, join the Wadi of Egypt and end at the Sea.

“‘Your western boundary will be the coast of the Great Sea. This will be your boundary on the west.

“‘For your northern boundary, run a line from the Great Sea to Mount Hor and from Mount Hor to Lebo Hamath. Then the boundary will go to Zedad, continue to Ziphron and end at Hazar Enan. This will be your boundary on the north.

“‘For your eastern boundary, run a line from Hazar Enan to Shepham. The boundary will go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain and continue along the slopes east of the Sea of Kinnereth. Then the boundary will go down along the Jordan and end at the Salt Sea.

“‘This will be your land, with its boundaries on every side.’” (Deuteronomy 34:1-12)

A place for everything and everything in its place. God is a God of order, not of disorder. God had promised Abraham that the Israelites would have a land to call their own. At last, the day came that God gave them the details. He set up the borders and announced: this place is yours. The place names setting the boundaries of their land were familiar to the ancient Hebrews.

Whatever it is that God has asked of you, he has given you your place. He has given you your job, and he has given you the information you need in order to fulfill it all. He has established our boundaries. He doesn’t ask of us more than we can handle. He gives us enough and no more than enough.

God did not give the Israelites the entire world as their home. He gave them just a small plot of land. The total size of the land God gave Israel is about the same as the state of New Jersey. But that was all they needed. We need to be satisfied with whatever it is God has given us. He has given us enough, not too little, and not too much.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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