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READ–Blocking Progress

Numbers 14:1–3

1Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. 2Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. 3“Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?”

I realize that I really love the Old Testament teachings and right about now this 40 years in the desert is so speaking to me on many levels. By the time we get to Numbers, God has proven himself time and time again to the Israelites. He’s solidified his relationship with them, expectations have been met in the journey, the land of milk and honey is theirs for taking, and progress is being made towards the “promise land.”

Yet right here we find they start to raise hell because suddenly the risks are too high and they want out. Isn’t it like us to be walking in our destiny, gaining momentum and bam!- something happens and we start to fear the unknown. Never mind that God is leading the way and allowing the cloud of direction to rest over us and guide us. What causes us to fear? What causes us to want to back out? Just when that promise is within our reach, we allow something or someone (usually ourself) to stop us in our track.

It can be fear of the unknown, doubt, and yes even complacency. For me it can usually be a combination of all three. When those feelings creep in I run to the Word for encouragement and perspective. It also helps to have Biblical Friends of Faith (BFF’s) to snatch us out of our stupor.

Spring is here and it’s the season of renewal, refreshing, and revival. Get back on track in your destiny walk. That land of promise won’t meet us–we have to meet it. So excuse me, while I stay on my walk cause I have an appointment to keep in my promised land.