Deuteronomy 1:6-8, The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and TAKE YOUR JOURNEY, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto … Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land …
Deuteronomy 7:1-2, When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
Deuteronomy 9:3-5, Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee. Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
I love the Book of Deuteronomy. It’s a book that reminds us to learn from the lessons of the past, heed the admonitions for the future, and go forward on our journey, cross our Jordan River, and enter the Promised Land. As I mentioned in our last post,
Most of us recognize that the Christian life was meant to be a journey with Jesus. Unfortunately, many of us get stuck in a rut. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a rut or wickedness, and probably not a rut of worldliness, but a rut all the same. It’s a rut of complacency. As my brother, Pastor Joe, used to refer to it, quoting a former Laker’s coach Pat Riley, “The Complacency Disease.”
Over the past few days of reading Deuteronomy there have been so many tangible lessons to take to heart. So many! One of the lessons I pondered upon this morning, while reading the last two passages above, was a really good reminder:
It’s never about who we are, or what we have done, that gets us into the Promised Land and brings about victories in the Promised Land, but it’s always about Who God is, what He has done, and what He is doing. And it’s all for HIS GLORY!
As we walk with the Lord on this journey with Jesus, which we call life, we will see many blessings and experience many victories, but let’s never forget, it’s never about who we are, or what we have done, that gets us into the Promised Land and brings about victories in the Promised Land, but it’s always about Who God is, what He has done, and what He is doing. And it’s all for HIS GLORY!
IN OTHER WORDS, LET’S STAY HUMBLE ON THE JOURNEY!
“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.”
“My biggest fear, even now, is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him. ”