June 07, 2021 – Monday
Deuteronomy 1:20-21 NIV
20 Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us.
21 See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
The above is Moses telling the twelve tribes of Israel they had arrived at the land promised to them by God and now is the time take possession of it. It is interesting he adds at the end, Do not be afraid; do not be tells us, Then, as the Lord our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites through all that vast and dreadful wilderness that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea. So with this in mind, why this encouragement after they had been though a vast and dreadful wilderness?
However, instead of being encouraged, the tribes were cautious and suggested to Moses (v22), Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to. The idea seemed good to Moses, so he selected twelve men, one from each tribe and off they went. We read in Numbers 13:25 they were gone for forty days, At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. Keep this number in mind as read further.
After they returned Moses tells us they said (v25), It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us. But immediately after that report we find, they were unwilling to go up; they rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. They even went into their tents and grumbled, The Lord hates us; so He brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us as they were afraid. What were they afraid of? Of the people that were taller than them and appeared stronger as well with tall walls around the cities. Moses tried to encourage them once again saying (v29-31), Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of the. Th Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as He did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. This was to no avail as Moses described their reaction, you did not trust in the Lord your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.
They did not trust in the Lord their God after all He had done for them. Instead they rebelled against what they were supposed to do, “Go and take the Promised Land” with God on their side. They refused to trust God. The result was forty years of wandering in the wilderness until all the men of age had died except for Caleb and Joshua who had returned and insisted they could and should go into the Promised Land as instructed.
Forty years. One year for each day they delayed following God’s and Moses’ instruction to take the land. Their spying out the land instead of immediately following God’s instructions led to nothing but doubts and a lack of trust in God. There is a lesson for us here. If we delay following God’s instructions in our own lives, we must be careful such delay does not lead to turning away from His instructions – whatever they may be – and ending up doubting Him, not trusting Him. Instead, even with a delay we need to put our trust in Him and follow what He has laid out for us to do.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me to always trust in You no matter what doubts I may have in myself. Let me be led You always and not by any of my doubts. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.