Deuteronomy 1:21 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!’ 22 “But you all came to me and said, ‘First, let’s send out scouts to explore the land for us. They will advise us on the best route to take and which towns we should enter.’ 23 “This seemed like a good idea to me, so I chose twelve scouts, one from each of your tribes. 24 They headed for the hill country and came to the valley of Eshcol and explored it. 25 They picked some of its fruit and brought it back to us. And they reported, ‘The land the Lord our God has given us is indeed a good land.’ 26 “But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God and refused to go in. 27 you complained in your tents and said, ‘The Lord must hate us. That’s why he has brought us here from Egypt—to hand us over to the Amorites to be slaughtered. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have demoralized us with their report. They tell us, “The people of the land are taller and more powerful than we are, and their towns are large, with walls rising high into the sky! We even saw giants there—the descendants of Anak!” ’ 29 “But I said to you, ‘Don’t be shocked or afraid of them! 30 The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. 31 And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.’ 32 “But even after all he did, you refused to trust the Lord your God, 33 who goes before you looking for the best places to camp, guiding you with a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.
Boy is there ever a lot of good things in this passage. I Heard Deuteronomy last night in my mind during a phone conversation. First time I had heard that word in several months. When I woke this morning I felt I should read in Deuteronomy so I started with chpt. 1
I am going to list several points.
Verse 21 and 22 – God has place something before you, you know it is God, you heard God and he says don’t be afraid or discouraged. So what do you do? You decide you need to pray about it. Really????? God spoke you obey, why do you need to pray about what the Lord has already spoken or shown you? It is just like going on Quest, why do you need to pray about spending 5 ½ days with the Lord? This goes for serving on quest as well. Do you have to pray about serving the Lord? If the door is opened to you then walk through it and don’t throw out excuses. It is like this; if you are being called to go to serve in the mission field, then GO! The Lord will direct your path and he will protect you while you are away! Exodus 34.23 Three times each year every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign, the Lord, and the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out the other nations ahead of you and expand your territory, so no one will covet and conquer your land while you appear before the Lord your God three times each year. This passage is about getting away and the Lord not letting your enemies get the upper hand while you are a way. It is also referring to taking a sabbatical three times a year I feel. That is for another day of writing
23 – 25 so what did Moses do, he listened to man. God had already spoken, but he listened to man and sent out the scouts. The scouts reported good things, but it wasn’t good enough and so they made up more excuses for why they didn’t want to do what the Lord said. THEY REBELLED!
Jeremiah 17.5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. 7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They wanted to do it there way and in their timing and even though the Lord had brought them through the wilderness and out bondage they walked back into bondage because they would not trust the Lord. Deuteronomy 1:32 “But even after all he did, you refused to trust the Lord your God, 33 who goes before you looking for the best places to camp, guiding you with a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day
I will finish with this, trust the Lord and do not operate out of fear. If or when you hear the Lord then do what He says. If He opens a door then walk through it.
Trust Him! This was as much for me as it is for you!