Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 1-2
Today’s Reflection: Deuteronomy 1:6, 8
6) “The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 8) See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.’
After 40 years of journeying, after an entire generation dying out (with the exception of Joshua and Caleb), the time had finally come for the children of Israel to receive the land God had promised them. The people had been encamped at Mount Horeb (also believed by many theologians to be Mount Sinai) for some time. Now it was time to go.
We all face waiting times in our lives. Times when something we desire, something God has promised to us is delayed for some reason. Sometimes delay comes because of our disobedience, like Israel waiting 40 years to enter for the Promised Land (Numbers 14:20-38); sometimes to allow for preparation, like Moses call to free Israel from Egypt at the age of 80 (Exodus 7:1-7); and sometimes so people can witness the glory of God (John 9). But because God is good and not slack concerning His promises (2 Peter 3:9), for the faithful the wait does come to an end and the time comes to receive. Here are some things to remember as you wait on God’s promises:
Not ‘Why this?’ but ‘What now?’ – Waiting is something none of us like, but God forces all of us to do. This should tell us two things: like all things that come from God, waiting is good for us and waiting has a purpose. To identify the purpose for our wait, asking ‘Why this?’ will only lead to frustration. But if you accept the wait and ask God ‘What now?’, this shows a willingness to take the next step down the path God is leading you on.
Blessings follow obedience – The greatest danger during a time of waiting is… that you just stop waiting. Sometimes the wait takes such a toll you may believe you’ll never receive what God has promised. Or you may lose sight of God’s promise and slip into behaviours, habits and sins that can make it impossible for you to receive what God has for you. We have to remember that God’s blessings follow our obedience. Whatever the purpose for the wait we must remain obedient during this time to prepare the way for God’s promised blessing.
Matthew 25:21 – His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
The ‘go’ comes from God – The timing of your wait comes from God, as does the timing for receiving your promise. Part of your wait is preparation for the promise, so when you hear God say go, don’t question if you’re ready, or if it’s too early or too late to receive your promise. Just go.