March 24, 2014

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 1:19-25

Hey JumpStart fans – welcome to the exciting book of Deuteronomy!  I’m so glad that you continue to be faithful in reading God’s Word each day.  For many of you, this is the most consistent you’ve ever been in your Bible Study.  I know God is blessing and growing you through it.

Today we read about the first encounter the Children of Israel had with the Promised Land – a land given to them by God.  They left Mount Sinai (the place where God gave them the commandments) (v.19) and traveled through the wilderness to Kadesh-Barnea.

 

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When they arrived, they could see it, and all they had to do was go and occupy it.

“You have now reached the hill country of the Amorites that the Lord our God is giving us.  Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!” (v.20-21)

Instead of going in by faith – trusting God and believing He would give them the land He had promised, they decided to go and check it out first.  Checking things out isn’t a bad idea – but, in this case, it demonstrated their fear and lack of dependence on God.  Remember what Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

This one simple act lead to the beginning of forty years of wandering in the desert instead of living in the land God had given them.

How often do you and I get right to the brink of a miracle – right to the edge of experiencing something so big that it could only be explained by God – then we start back-peddling?  This could be a chance to serve in an area that we feel inadequate in – and instead of trusting God to equip us – we say no.  Or… it could be a witnessing opportunity that God wants to show Himself strong in – but instead we run.  What this looks like for you may be even yet different.

What lesson can we learn?  I think we can sum in up in the words of one of my favorite hymns that many of us grew up singing…

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain: Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Trust God and obey what He tells you to do – no exceptions.  Trust and obey – for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus – but to trust and obey!

Posted by:Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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