February 29, 2016

Verse of the Week - Deuteronomy 1:36

I wonder how tempted you were to skip over this post when you saw that this week's verse was coming from Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is not usually a book that ignites passion and stirs interest at the mere mention - but as of lately I seriously just cannot get enough of this book. I have been sticking to a reading plan for my devotional time, {:which I will share with you tomorrow on the blog:} but everyday after I have read my devotions I find myself sneaking over to Deuteronomy for a little extra something, something. And it seriously NEVER disappoints.

Deuteronomy is simply Moses speaking to the Israelites in the fortieth year of their wilderness wanderings on the way to the promise land. This journey should have only taken about 11 days, yet here they were stuck in the wilderness for 40 years. Moses is speaking to the people what God has spoken to him. He reminds them of the promise God had set before them.  But he also speaks of how when told to take over the promise, possess the promise, they cowered back and therefore will never enter the promise.

In Deuteronomy 1:21 Moses says this to the people, "See the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

I wonder what "land" God has told you to step your foot on - a new job; starting that blog you keep putting off; calling that relative you have been holding at arms distance because of unforgivness; giving up the secure job to go for the job that is filled with uncertainty but would allow you to pursue what God has called you to.

Taking new land is scary an often takes a lot of work {:God told them to destory the people AND destroy the city - which means they were going to have to build a new one:}. Do not let the fear of the promise or the work in the promise cause you to shy away. The land is flowing with milk and honey you may just have to roll up your sleeves a dig a little before you find it. Thomas Edison once said:

Opportunity is often missed because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

The reality of this story in Deuteronomy, as many of you would know, is all but two of them did not occupy the promise land given to them. Twelve of them scouted out the land but the promise looked a bit scary and it was going to take some work {:like killing a couple thousand people and tearing down the city to rebuild it:} to occupy the land.

I don't want to be one of the ten who sees the promise but never sets foot on the land. I want to be a Joshua and a Caleb that are not intimidated by the work or the fear that comes from new territory. I want to be the one who steps foot on the promise land and says "okay God, you said you would fight for me - here's your shot." I want to be the person who has a promise that I can pass down to my children. I want to be able to know that my decedents will possess the land because I have followed the Lord wholeheartedly."

Wholeheartedly following the Lord sound like sunshine and rainbows, but the truth is, it takes vulnerability and it takes courage. But don't forget your promise is on the other side of wholehearted living and following.

Anyone up for taking on some new land and inhabiting the promise with me?

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1 comment:

  1. I've never fully understood people's aversion to The Old Testament. There are so many beautiful verses within its pages and I love reflecting on the fact I'm reading the same words that people have been reading for hundreds and thousands of years!


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