But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. -Deuteronomy 11:11

It’s that time of year again, November 11. 11/11. And, inevitably, I’ll look at 11:11 on the clock.

Does it necessarily mean anything, like a message from God? Some people say yes, some people say no. Only God knows. But, whether it’s the palindromic (reads the same backward and forward), symmetrical nature of the numbers, or some other reason, 11:11 draws my attention.

I was moved to look for a bible verse: the eleventh verse in a book with at least eleven chapters. And the verse above, from Moses’ speech to the Israelites, takes place after he returns to them with the second, rewritten set of tablets.

It’s about the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey. God already had it reserved for the Israelites, if only they would walk in obedience and by faith (not by sight). And to enjoy the Promised Land, God may put us through trying times and seemingly impossible odds before we can settle there.

When I see 11:11, I’ll be reminded of this verse. I’ll be reminded that God has carried us this far, and has amazing things ahead, if only we keep walking in faith and obedience. Hang in there, true believer.