Putting God's Word into Practice…

Deuteronomy 1 ~ Following vs. Wandering

on October 24, 2014

See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deut. 1:21)

God set the promised land before the Israelites. He was giving it to them, and told them to take it.  He commanded them to not be dismayed or fearful.  The people responded with, “Let us send MEN before us, that they may explore the land for us and bring us word.”  Whenever we don’t take God at His word or seek Him for directions, but instead put our hope in man’s word, there is sure to be trouble!  “Man” doesn’t know the end results, but only knows what he sees tangibly and what he deems himself capable of.  “Man” often forgets to take into consideration the power and promises of God.  This is sin!  It displays a rebellious and unbelieving heart.  God calls it “evil.” (vs. 35)

When the people chose to listen to the reports from men about the tall, powerful people and the fortified cities, it struck fear in their hearts.  They couldn’t believe the promise that God would go before them and fight for them–that He would carry them  just as He had since their departure from slavery in Egypt.  When we fail to recall the faithful care, provision and protection of the Lord, it makes God angry.  God sent the Israelites back into the wilderness–the great and terrifying one–for forgetting that HE IS ABLE to set free, destroy strongholds, to bless and keep His promises.  The promised land was withheld from their whole generation, but promised to their children and two other men–Joshua, who would lead them after Moses’ death and Caleb.

Caleb was allowed to enter the promised land for one reason…”because he has wholly followed the LORD!” I’m very generous with my exclamation points, but the Bible is not so much.  For there to be an exclamation point at the end of that description, it must be pretty exciting to the Lord!!!!

Based on this chapter, we are either following the Lord or we are wandering away from Him.  Unbelief, fear and rebellion lead to wandering.  Those attitudes and sins cause us to miss out on the “good land” that God wants to give His people.  Wholly following the Lord brings freedom, joy and blessing.

What does it look like to “wholly follow the Lord?”  Join me in asking Him for the answer and let’s press on to live lives for Him worthy of exclamation points!

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