Today’s reading is VERY eventful. To summarize in as few words as possible: Moses disobeys God and is banned from the promised land, Aaron dies and his son replaces him, the people morn his death, the Israelites completely destroyed the Canaanites, the Israelites complain and God sends snakes after them, then they completely destroy two more kings and occupy their land.
This type of action is more compelling than Mrs. Kay from Duck Dynasty cooking up a big pot of jambalaya.
What’s interesting about today’s reading is even though Moses disobeyed God by striking the rock instead of speaking to it, God is still moving them to the land He promised to them. This is because God keeps His promises.
God still provided water in the desert even though Moses didn’t do what God told him to do. All Moses had to do was talk. Instead, out of frustration or anger or whatever it was, he hit the rock instead. But, God continues to fulfill His promise to the Israelites.
Exodus 6:7-8 (NIV) “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.”
God was with the Israelites as they destroyed the Canaanites and the Amorites. He let Aaron’s son take his place after he died. God sent snakes to remind the people of who is really in control. God let them occupy the land of their enemies on their way to the land He promised them. God keeps His promises.
So, what do you do when you’re not where you want to be (your promised land) but you’re not where you used to be (the desert) but somewhere in between (Heshbon)?
If Moses were to answer that question for us, I could imagine he would say that God is always faithful. Moses had to deal with people constantly griping and complaining. They were fighting non-stop, yet He still believed in the promise God made to Him. He knew that he wasn’t where he or God wanted him to be, but he was somewhere in between.
Thankfully, because of Jesus death and resurrection, we can live under His righteousness and freedom. Though there are still consequences to sin, when God see’s us, He looks through the blood of Jesus that makes us new. Because of Jesus, you and I don’t have to settle for anything less than the promised land. Even though you might not be where you feel like God is leading you or maybe you don’t even know where that is, ask Him today.
If I (Caleb) knew I was going to be where I am now a few years ago, I would’ve been absolutely terrified. Thankfully, God only showed me a step at a time. What’s your next step? On your way to your promised land, what is holding you back? Seek wisdom today from God and others in your life who He has placed around you. God always keeps His promises