As I read through the opening chapter of Deuteronomy, my interest was piqued by a couple of verses-
“You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance… See, I have given you the land. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers… and to their descendants after them.” Deuteronomy 1: 6, 8
The people had been camping out at Horeb- the mountain on which God talked to Moses. But now God was telling them to move out and claim the land he had promised them.
I’m not fascinated because I want more land. I’m fascinated because of the implications this has on the Christian walk of life.
I’ve had those moments, those days, even those seasons were I camped out under the shadow of His wings. I needed God’s comfort. I needed to be held tight. I needed to sit at his feet and learn. But the time always comes when God says to us that we have stayed long enough in that needy place; the time to move out and claim his promises has come.
Let’s just think of a few things God has promised that we may or may not be claiming as we should.
He promises peace regardless of circumstances-
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
He promises to go with us so we have no need to live in fear-
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
He promises good to come out of our circumstances even if we can’t imagine how-
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
These verses just scratch the surface of what God has promised. That last one I used recently as I considered a situation that had me on my knees. The circumstances could have kept me down wallowing in various emotions but then the Holy Spirit reminded me that even in this God would bring about good. So I stood, claimed the promise, and walked on.
As we look ahead at this day- this week- this question comes… is it time for us to break camp and advance? Time to claim his promises and move out? Yes, there is a time to hide in the shadow of his wings… maybe we need more time there even now… or maybe God is calling us to move forward, boldly claiming his promises, & walk forward into the land of his will.
God, I ask that you guide me. Show me when to break camp. Lead me to the promises I need to boldly claim and walk in. Guide others seeking to walk in your ways. Amen!