Wandering

8 03 2009

Scripture:

Deuteronomy 9:1-3 “Listen, O Israel! Today you are about to cross the Jordan River to take over the land belonging to nations much greater and more powerful than you. They live in cities with walls that reach to the sky! 2 The people are strong and tall—descendants of the famous Anakite giants. You’ve heard the saying, ‘Who can stand up to the Anakites?’ 3 But recognize today that the Lord your God is the one who will cross over ahead of you like a devouring fire to destroy them. He will subdue them so that you will quickly conquer them and drive them out, just as the Lord has promised.

Observations:

These three chapters in Deuteronomy are very powerful – and inspiring.  I particularly remember chapter 6 from before we planted a new church, from scratch, in Colorado Springs.  But these chapters are great reminders of how the Lord will go before us and how we don’t have to fear our enemies or obstacles.

What I see in these verses is a strong reminder to stay faithful, don’t fear, and to not look to other means (Golden Calves) to save us.  I see how the unity and character of the tribes is necessary for them to enter the promised land.

Applications:

The church wants to move forward, they want to do something!  They want to make things happen.  But the message I hear from God is that it isn’t our job to make something happen.  It’s not our job to push into the Promised Land.  It is our job to be faithful, obedient, humble, and strong – strong in the Lord.

Prayer:

Father God, I wonder how many and how often the Israelites complained during their 40 years of wandering in the desert?  Please give me the patience, compassion, and love for the people – like Moses had.

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