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.”
The Israelites had waited and struggled and marched and worked for this exact moment. God’s promise to His people was about to be fulfilled. Victory was literally right across the river!
So what in the world was standing in the way of the Reubenites and Gadites? If crossing the Jordan had been the plan all along, what was the hesitation? If the Promised Land had been the focus of generation after generation, what was the problem?
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 and 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 people settle and cash out right before they succeed. They travel a hard road, make tough decisions, face harsh criticism only to quit out of fear of what might 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.
But it’s infinitely better to face the unknown in obedience than it is to be comfortably disobedient.
Fear is the enemy of your future. Don’t let it keep you out of the Promised Land.