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

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:36 PM

    Amen!!! I needed this insight. I was only looking at it the other way around. I was looking at it as people getting stuck on their problems. Their problems being their mountain. It's true we can get stuck in a comfortable position as well.

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  2. Thanks for reading my blog. I hope it continues to be a blessing to you.

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  3. Anonymous1:05 AM

    Its really a blessing for me, thanks alot for your effort! God bless you

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  4. Anonymous10:37 PM

    It is true let us not settle on the comfort and miss our destiny.
    Remember also the father of Abraham, Terah he settled at Haran and did not reach Canaan where he was heading to.

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  5. Anonymous6:17 AM

    Iam including part of what i gained from your blog as part of my sunday sermon this sunday .
    God bless you.

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  6. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Many of us have reluxed on mount Herob thanks for reminding us bro

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  7. Anonymous9:48 AM

    God bless you Dave, God spoke thru you concerning my stuation, which is about relationship. my ex husband left me after living with him for one and half years only.I prayed to God to bling him back into my life, but God told me to move on. your revelation made the word of God more clearly to me. Thanks

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  8. Anonymous9:32 AM

    I am a 45 year old lady and have been living in comfort zone with my mum and siblings in denial that i do not need to get married and move out. May the Good Lord Bless you for waking me up to reality. Your message is very true, i deeply feel a spiritual need to marry the love of my life and move out. Many thanks. Nairobi, Kenya

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  9. Anonymous4:30 AM

    As youth leader God gave me this scripture as our script for the year and so far God has been creating opportunities for us individually to apply it in our daily life. This translation say "Turn and set your journey" while another say "Break camp & advance". The reason why you breaking camp is because you're not going to need what you have now in the promise land overflowing with milk and honey. What awaits is far greater than what you've got right now so don't settle for less than what God has predestined for you. Thank you David

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  10. Anonymous12:59 PM

    Great insight! You blessed my heart.

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  11. Anonymous11:08 AM

    AMEN THIS TRULY HAS BLESSED MY SOUL KEEP OBEYING OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

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  12. Anonymous6:35 AM

    This has blessed my soul and enriched my teaching . Amen

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