Then we turned back and set out toward the wilderness along the route to the Red Sea, as the Lord had directed me. For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir.
2 Then the Lord said to me, 3 “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north. Deuteronomy 2 (NIV)
Let’s talk about Moses and those Israelite rascals, shall we?
An Eleven-day Trip
Which took 38-40 years. Being a road trip enthusiast, I can relate to routes that didn’t work.
When we went on our Great Alaska Adventure, our plan was to enter Canada from Michigan and then drive westward and northward to Alaska. After a day in Canada we realized THAT was a bad idea. Two reasons: it was going to take forever on roads that were being worked on and because the cost of gasoline was much more than in the United States. We changed our route and re-entered the USA by way of northeastern Minnesota. We re-entered Canada in the state of Washington. It was a very wise decision.
Moses spoke to the Israelites, in Deuteronomy 1 and said…
It is eleven days journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. Now it came to pass in the fortieth year… that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him as commandments to them. Deuteronomy 1.2-3
What Was The Problem?
Can you imagine? What could have taken ELEVEN days took them 40 years. What? Why? Moses says it best,
I alone am not able to bear you…how can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints? Deuteronomy 1.9,12
Moses goes on with a litany of “why’s and wherefore’s.” God Himself told Moses, “You’ve been going around this same old mountain long enough – now, turn north.”
Stiffnecked, stubborn children of Israel.
Stiffnecked, stubborn, rebellious Susan.
You’ve been around this same old mountain for umpteen years – now turn and go north (up!).
And, here’s our take-away…
What’s your mountain?
Where’s your north?
Only you know the answer and if you don’t? Ask Father to reveal it to you and then do something about it.
We all have this moment at one time or other. I have learned over many years, to deal with it right away; immediately upon realizing I am going in circles.
Today’s the day…