For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. -Deuteronomy 30:16 (NIV)
Remember when the Israelites were wandering in the desert for 40 years after leaving Egypt? That was because the Lord had sworn that all the men of military age when they left Egypt, because of their disobedience, would pass away before the people could enter the Holy Land (Joshua 5:6).
So, the Israelites wandered for four decades, and God used that time to discipline them and build their perseverance and faith. And then, they would be ready for their next challenge: To take the Promised Land.
The verse for this post is from Moses communicating God’s renewed covenant with the Israelites. And Moses reminded the people that, even through their trials, God was with them:
Yet the Lord says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink. I did this so that you might know that I am the Lord your God.” -Deuteronomy 29:5-6
What’s your Promised Land, that destination for which you pray? Are you willing to walk in obedience and honor for God to get there? What I’m learning is that disobedience and dishonor to the Lord, even when we compromise in the small things (which are not so small to the Lord!), can lead to some serious delays on the way to our Promised Land.
The obedient walk means having the perspective to not just walk in belief you are honoring the Lord. Check your walk. If what you’re experiencing and allowing in your walk happened to a sibling in Christ, or to your child, would you consider that honoring God? Have siblings in Christ hold you accountable, if that helps.
Right is right. Right is the path where God walks with you and blesses you through your trials, though you may not realize it till later. Right is the path where God plans your steps before you, on the way to your destination (Proverbs 16:9). Let’s walk.