Deuteronomy 1:2-3 Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.
Because of their disobedience and lack of faith, the Israelites were forced to wander the desert for an additional 40 years. A journey that would normally have taken 11 days took 40 years so that God could teach the Israelites who He was–the Living God–and who they were–rebellious, fallen, full of doubt.
Even though they had spent time on the mountain (or at the base of the mountain waiting on Moses) where they communed with God (through Moses), learned His ways and His laws, received manna from heaven, they still had trust and faith issues. When God commanded them to break camp and leave the mountain, they faltered at the first challenge they faced.
Like the Israelites, our spiritual journey may be long. We may face trials, problems, difficulties and inconvenience. During our pilgrimage, we must be obedient, stay away from sin and doubt and be filled with faith. We must trust that in our waiting for our promised land God is preparing us for His service and devotion to Him. Don’t let your doubt and disobedience make your journey any longer than necessary.
My reading schedule this week:
March 12 Deuteronomy 3-4
March 13 Deuteronomy 5-7
March 14 Deuteronomy 8-10
March 15 Deuteronomy 11-13
March 16 Deuteronomy 14-16
March 17 Deuteronomy 17-20
March 18 Deuteronomy 21-23
NOTE: I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com