What do you imagine when you hear the description, “A land flowing with milk and honey”? My guess is that you envision a large quantity of white liquid and an abundance of a sticky, sweet substance produced by bees. However, this is not what the phrase means in the Biblical context. The Lord promised His people, the Israelites, a land full of these things, but they are actually an analogy for wealth, not a reference to food. Milk symbolizes livestock such as sheep, cattle, and goats, and honey is a reference to farmland. Therefore, the Promised Land was a place rich with both animals and property, and in those days, that’s what influence was made of. Fast-forward to today and we are no longer living in an agrarian culture where prosperity is measured in terms of parcels and herds — we experience the overflowing wealth of God’s abundance in our hearts. Contrary to what stark-faced religion teaches, our Lord wants us to be people whose cups are so full that they naturally and effortlessly spill over to others. He went to the cross, died a painful death, and came to life again in order that we could have an inheritance far more lasting and imperishable than physical property. In Jesus, we’ve been offered an endless fountain of peace and a deep, unshakable joy which, when claimed and cultivated, produces a harvest of happiness that draws others to Him as He radiates through us.
My friend, with the Lord, your soul is a land flowing with milk and honey! If you’ve committed your life to Christ, everything you need to prosper is already in your possession. The One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills has provided the bread of His Word, the water of His Spirit, and the wealth of worship to strengthen your inner person, illuminate your countenance, and fill you to overflowing with His glory so you can refresh others. You are blessed to be a blessing, and as you embrace the working of His love and engage the power of His presence, He will effortlessly reveal Himself to hurting and hungry people through you.