Have you ever prayed for direction? And having prayed, did you wonder how God would answer? Did you hope he would literally give you a sign to point you in the right direction?
I am so excited this week to do something different. Together, we will take a look at how God leads us, searching scriptures over the next five days. Will you take this journey with me?
What can we learn from the Israelites journey to the Promised Land?
First, God has a destination that he wants us to reach.
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.Deuteronomy 1:21 (ESV)
Second, God is able to direct us to that destination.
…you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place…the Lord your God, who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go.from Deuteronomy 1:29-33 (ESV)
Third, God wants us to trust him.
Do not fear or be dismayed.
Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you…from Deuteronomy 1:26&29 (ESV)
Fourth, fear can derail us.
Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God.
Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the Lord your God…from Deuteronomy 1:29-33 (ESV)
The Israelites allowed fear and doubt to keep them from entering the land God had promised them. The result was forty years of wandering until the next generation would rise up with faith and trust in God’s promises.
In conclusion: A fearful soul will wander, whereas a trusting soul will gain the promise.
Of course, there are times when we don’t know the destination. We don’t have things set out so clearly. How then do we proceed? We’ll take a look at some more scriptures tomorrow. (Hopefully)
Grace & Peace,