Leaving the DesertMany of us know that the Israelites spent 40 years wandering while on their way to the Promised Land, because they did not trust God. What they did not know was that it was only an 11 day journey from where they started, to get to the promised land if they would have trusted God.
Have you been there, close to where God’s plan in your life was to be fulfilled, and yet because of no trust, or disobedience to God’s directions, it seemed to take 40 years of trials and troubles?
Finally, after 40 years, after most of the disobedient adults had died, we read that God says to them that they have been out there long enough, it is time to enter the Promised Land.
Do you have a Promised Land you have been promised by God, but you don’t see it yet? Don’t take 40 years to get the go ahead from God to reach it. It may be really close, you may be able to reach out and touch it, but perhaps because of some disobedience, some sin, some area where God has not been trusted totally, you don’t see it.
As the majority of Israelites physically died, the survivors reached the Land. Don’t wait for that. Turn to Jesus and die to yourself, then the eyes will be opened and the way will be seen to get to what God promised. That is what He wants for each of us, to live in obedience and trust, and fulfill the plan He has in place for each of us.
There are verses and study Bible notes below. Read them, and then focus on the last verse, from Deut. 1:6 The LORD our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. – Deuteronomy 1:6. That is our God speaking. Let’s get going.
2 It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea.
3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the people of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him in commandment to them,
4 after he had defeated Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth and in Edrei. – Deuteronomy 1:2-4
Deut. 1:2–4 These verses emphasize that it was only an eleven days’ journey from Mount Sinai to the Promised Land, and yet it had taken the Israelites 40 years to get there (fortieth year). The long delay was God’s punishment for Israel’s initial failure to trust him to bring them into the land (Num. 14:26–35). according to all that the Lord had given him. Deuteronomy rarely distinguishes between God’s words and Moses’ words. defeated Sihon . . . and Og. See Num. 21:21–35.
Deut. 1:2 Horeb is the name Deuteronomy uses for Mount Sinai (except at 33:2). This is where Israel received the commandments (Ex. 19:1–Num. 10:12). Kadesh-barnea. A town on the southern border of the Promised Land where Israel camped (Num. 13:26).
“The LORD our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. – Deuteronomy 1:6.