Carol says one of my weaknesses is the fact that I repeat myself, say the same thing over and over, and on top of that, she thinks I am redundant. When we have this discussion, I explain to her I am in good company because God does the same thing. She reminds me that God is repetitive because He knows mankind is slow to learn, and I do it because I am forgetful.
As we read Deuteronomy, most of what we examine we will have already studied in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. This passage is no exception, as Moses tells the history of the nation's first opportunity to enter the land God promised their forefathers. Numbers 14:28-31 says those listed in the census twenty years old and over will not come into the land God promised with the exceptions of Caleb and Joshua. So Moses is leading a generation of Israelites who have not experienced Israel's deliverance from slavery, the crossing of the Red Sea, God's giving of the Law or any of the other things He did to bring them to this place. So in effect, Deuteronomy is Moses' re-giving God's instruction to this new generation.
But before Moses begins his history lesson, he says something I need to hear. Deuteronomy 1:2 is a profound statement to me, "It is an eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea." Horeb is a mountain range in which Sinai is a summit. This is the location where God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-2), the nation of Israel (Exodus 19:1-11) and gave the Law to Moses (Exodus 34:1-4).
After God met with the people of Israel and gave Moses the law, He led them to Kadesh-barnea, which took almost a year. After refusing to enter the land God had given them, God kept them for 40 years in the wilderness, during which time those twenty years of age died.
A trip that could be made in 11 days, approximately 165 miles, from Mount Sinai to the Promised Land, took the Israelites 40 years. Their lack of faith, failing to trust God to do what He says, caused significant loss to these people. I fear I am more like the Israelites than I care to admit. Looking back at my life, I can see times when the LORD was directing me, but because of my willfulness, I didn't immediately obey. If I had acted in faith, my journey would have been much quicker and much more pleasant.
LORD God, forgive me for my willful rejection of Your direction and instruction. Thank You for being long-suffering, patient and kind to me, even as You have disciplined me as a loving Father. It is so easy for me to see the foolishness of the Israelites but not my own. My desire is to be quick to respond to your direction.
3 John 3-4
Having taught the Bible for several years, I agree with John's statement. "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."
When I see people I have not seen in a while, one of the things I ask is "Tell me about your walk with the Lord Jesus." It is always a delight when I don't have to inquire because their conversation goes to Him before I ask.
Holy Spirit, may those brothers and sisters You have placed in my life be quick to speak about Jesus and His kingdom. May the evidence of their walking in the truth be evident to all.