Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Its time to move out: Dt 1:6-8

“The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and set your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negev and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them.’” (Deuteronomy 1:6-8)

Israel journeyed three months from Egypt to Mount Horeb were they stayed almost two full years. Their life on Mount Horeb was rather pleasant. They were feed by the Lord, their clothes and possessions did not wear out, they had rest from their travels, and they had the Lord as a covering from the heat during the day and a pillar of fire to warm them at night. For two years they lived a peaceful existence on Mount Horeb. Then one day, the Lord appears and tells them to move out.

As Christians, we can find ourselves settling into a comfortable existence; enjoying our own Mount Horeb experience. Mount Horeb is a place of instruction, learning, and building. It is a time for preparing for what God has in store for us. However, it is not the end of all that God has for us. Mount Horeb is a transitional experience from the life we used to live to the life God still has in store for us. No matter how enjoyable our time on Mount Horeb might be, there will come a day when God will come to us and call us to move out.

The truth is that most of what we learn on Mount Horeb, and almost everything that is built in our lives, is meant to find its fulfillment somewhere else. Consider what Moses said about the commandments he had received from the lord. “These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully observe in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 12:1) Most of the laws pertained to how they were to live once they entered the Promised Land. Many of the laws could simply not be kept as long as they remained on Mount Horeb. As for the Tabernacle and its furnishings, every thing that was build came with poles for its transportation. “You shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. Its poles shall be inserted into the rings, so that the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar when it is carried.” (Exodus 27:6-7) Had these things been meant for Mount Horeb alone, then the poles would have not been needed. The things they were building were to be carried with them into the Promised Land.

How about you? Is this your time? Have you been leaning and preparing for so long that your ready to find out what it has all been for? Is the word of the Lord to you that it’s time for you to move out? As with any journey, there are risks. You many have to live outside of your comfort zone, you may have to say good by to some relationships in order to form new ones, and you may be called to take on new responsibilities; beginning to do what previously you watched others do for you. But with the risks, there is also a great reward. For it is only by leaving Mount Horeb that we can come into our own Promise Land. I believe that the Lord is telling us that it is now the time. It is time that we go up and possess our Promise Land.

David Robison