Sunday, March 4, 2012

Life Journal Reading for Monday, March 5, 2012

Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12
“...You replied, ‘We have sinned against the LORD. We will go up and fight, as the LORD our God commanded us.‘ So every one of you put on your weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.” --Deut. 1:3

In the fortieth year ... Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the LORD had commanded him concerning them ... “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the Land the LORD swore he would give to your fathers...” --Deut 1:6,8

Moses is recounting to a new generation of Israelites the story of why their fathers were not able to enter the promised land: because they did not trust the almighty God to go before them. Even after witnessing for themselves His power and strength in defeating the great army of the Egyptians—even holding back the mighty waters of the Red Sea!—they could not bring themselves to trust Him to do what He had promised them. And so He waited on His promise 40 years. Their doubt became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Because of their lack of faith and their disobedience, God indeed did not bring them to the promised land. Now their children have the same opportunity: trust or fail.

You’re beginning your final day of travel. It’s been a grueling trip, but you have had time to rest and refresh yourselves. But do not let down your guard or take lightly the travels and tasks yet to come. Trust God to go ahead of you as He has gone ahead of those who have been here before you. Stay close to God and rely on each other. He has called each of you to this particular trip for a reason. He is just waiting for you to trust him totally so that he can bring about all that he has already planned. As He has been tangibly present for those who have come before you, so will He be with you, if you just trust Him!

Lord God, You have raised up for Yourself this team of missionaries who are excitedly anticipating what is ahead of them. I pray that even as they look forward, Father, that you would be ahead of them, showing them the way to go. Guide them and gently remind them that they are here to accomplish Your agenda, not their own. Lord, you know that we are people who are so easily distracted by our own awesome and fabulous plans that it is easy to forget who’s really in charge here. Keep Your team focused on you. For they serve and minister in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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