Numbers 32:1-5 — The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large herds and flocks, saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were suitable for livestock. So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the community, and said, ‘If we have found favor in your eyes, let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan.”
What?!? Hasn’t crossing the Jordan been the plan all along? Hasn’t getting to the “Promised Land” been the goal? What in the world was good enough to keep them away from the prize they had been chasing?
In a word… Fear. They’re afraid of what they don’t know and they’ve gotten comfortable with what they have.
That’s enough to bury any organization. You can have the biggest vision, the best plan, the most talented people yet still crash and burn. The Reubenites and Gadites had just spent the last 40+ years following God through their worst nightmare. Hunger, thirst, war, homelessness, plague, all in the name of the vision. “I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.” (Exodus 6:8)
Too many churches settle and cash out right before they succeed. They travel a hard road, make tough decisions, face harsh criticism but quit out of fear of what will happen if they actually make it. It’s easy to see where you are and know where you should be. It’s tougher to make a plan and travel that road. It’s downright terrifying to enter a phase of life you’ve never seen before.
Don’t let fear keep you out of the Promised Land.