This morning I was reading several passages in the book of Deuteronomy. One was in chapter 29 where in verse 9 these words caught my eye. “Keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.” The word “all” sparked some thinking that was a word of encouragement. I trust these, along with other thoughts will be encouragement to you as well.
In chapter 1, the Lord said to Moses, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country…and to all the neighboring regions…” This says to me, there are times, whether with a job; a place where you are living; or perhaps even with a friendship, or especially with a relationship that may not be healthy for you, God may have something better in store for you.
In Deuteronomy 1:6 Moses said, “The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb saying, ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain’.” However, things were not turning out too good for the Israelites who had now left Egypt. At this time, they were at the foot of Mt. Sinai, and Moses had gone up on the top of the mountain to talk to the Lord alone. However, time passed and he had been gone for 40 days. When he finally did come down he carried with him the Ten Commandments, only to learn the people had built a golden calf to worship. They had given up on him ever returning since he had been away longer ‘than they’ anticipated. Because of his anger toward the people, Moses threw the tablets down smashing them into tiny pieces. Because of his angry outbursts, and his impulse, it took another 80 days before he received the second set from the Lord!
Next, the Israelites spent another six months building the temporary Tabernacle that they could worship the Lord in. About a month after that, the people started on their journey again, however, they ended up being stopped, once again because of their selfish and un-grateful attitude. Did the manna (bread) come first or did the quail (the meat)? The record in Exodus 16 tells us the people ran out of food shortly after running out of water. God tells them He will provide quails that evening (covering their hunger for that day) and manna from there forward. The quail is not mentioned again until Numbers 11 where all they have eaten for this long period of time is manna. Next we find in Numbers 12 that Miriam caused another delay after speaking out against Moses because of a particular woman he married. Interestingly, at this point the Israelites were only a mere few days away from entering their destination of Canaan, yet because of their refusal to enter the Promised Land after hearing the negative report of the ten spies…now there were 38 additional years added on to their could-have-been 11 day journey.
What is the lesson for you and me? The title of this CRA Moment says it best! There are times God has something better for us up ahead, however we may need to let go of some present things in order to lay hold of the new He has for us!
Proverbs 16:9 (The Passion) “Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.”
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie