Wanderings in the wilderness

“Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea, as the LORD told me. And for many days we traveled around Mount Seir. Then the LORD said to me, ‘You have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward and command the people, “You are about to pass through the territory of your brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. So be very careful.”

– Deutoronomy 2:1-4 ESV

What mountain have you been circling around?

The Israelites were just 11 days away from their destination, their promised land. It was in arms reach. They could almost taste it. Yet, what was supposed to be a few days of travel turned into 40 years of dreams deferred.

So, how did these people go from days to years? The bible tells us exactly how. They doubted the strength of God. They doubted His protection from the giant-like people in their promised land. They were to rush in and take-over the land, but doubt got in the way.

And what happened next? They went in circles. They were steady going nowhere! How tragic to be moving, but accomplishing nothing. I don’t know if you have been feeling this way lately, but there was a time in my life where I was there.

Deuteronomy 1:2 says “Israel wandered in the wilderness” all that time. This wasn’t juts a cute quote, no. They wandered aimlessly. An entire generation missed their opportunity to posses the land that God had already gave them.

In turn, their children walked into that land without their parents. But how much more rich would that experience had been for the Israelites to have raised up their children, raised up a nation in a land flowing of milk and honey?

Whatever that obstacle, know that none of them could ever be bigger than God or too great for God to handle. With God on your side, with God leading your way, you are bound to succeed. It’s time you’ve turned northward. It’s time you’ve entered your promised land.

Question for you

What promises have you been doubting God about, because the obstacles seem impossible to face? But what if I told you that your obstacles are afraid of you and your potential?

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