February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017

DEUTERONOMY 1-2

Focus Verse: “Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.”

Deuteronomy 1:2-3

 

Supernatural slowness. That is the only thing that can explain stretching an eleven day journey into forty years! That never shows up on any of the spiritual gift assessments thought, does it? That’s because nobody likes to think of this as an attribute of God. But time and time again we see this character trait pop out of our Creator. His patience is unbelievable to the human mind.

Now we love this when it comes to our sins and shortcomings. He is always so patient with us through our missteps and failures, but when we start seeing His patience play out in our best laid plans, that’s when it starts to get frustrating. Can you imagine how frustrating this must have been for the Israelites.

But God is really good at getting us where we need to be…and I’m clearly not talking about destinations (though He’s really good at that too, it’s just not His first priority). The Israelites weren’t ready for the promise yet. They proved that when they were afraid to take the Promised Land the first time. They proved that when they complained that they didn’t have meat to eat and would rather go back to Egypt and be subject to slavery. They proved that when they questioned God’s love for them because they didn’t have anything to drink…TWICE!

I heard someone say once, that when you are studying your Bible and praying, if God keeps teaching you the same thing over and over again, instead of getting frustrated that He won’t move you on to a new lesson, you need to realize you clearly aren’t getting the one He’s currently teaching you. When it’s taking you forty years to do an eleven day devotional…you’re missing something that God wants to do in you. And sometimes there are no shortcuts for these lessons. Your spirit needs to cure in the desert for all forty of those years to be ready for that next promise God has for you.

I know it’s hard, but be patient in the desert. What God is doing in you is far more important than where God is taking you. Trust Him and let Him do His thing in you…even if it stretches an eleven day trip out for forty years.

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