You came back and sobbed in front of the Lord. But he didn’t pay any attention to your sobs. He wouldn’t listen to you. So you stayed in Kadesh for many years. You spent a long time in that area. Deuteronomy 1:45-46
Whoa! Been there, done that! You?
38 years is the general consensus of the length of time the children of Israel camped in Kadesh. It is not new news that it took them 40 years to make an eleven-day journey, and of course, how many times have (I) said, “I’m not going around that mountain again!” The sermons that could be preached from Deuteronomy chapter one are almost endless! But, today, we’re talking about our own personal Kadesh.
Are you there? Am I there? How long am I, are we, willing to hang out here. What is the stronghold, or the rebellion, or the attitude that keeps us here? These are important questions to ask ourselves in order to leave our Kadesh and move forward in our journey.
For the children of Israel, they chose, eating manna and quail and wandering, over going into the Promised Land, brimming with milk and honey, because of a few tall people they were afraid of. YET, the Lord Jehovah had told them over and over again to not be terrified or afraid of them. The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you. (1.29-30)
He is saying that to us today. What holds us back? What are we afraid of? Failure? Rejection? Looking foolish? Let’s move away from this mountain, this Kadesh, and walk into our Promised Land – the place of abundance in Him.
He is with us.
He is for us.