Monday, April 20, 2009

Compromise & Disobedience

Deuteronomy 3 v 12 - 29

Reading this passage today I was struck by the two different outlooks to God's mission by people on the same journey.

Their goal for decades had been to go and occupy the land promised them by God. Now standing on the verge of the actually entering into what God had promised them we see 2 different reactions.

The tribes of Ruben, Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh decided because they liked the look of the great farming land they were in (Suppose anything looks good after years in a desert) decided to bail out on the verge of greatness. They put their own desires in front of God's plan. They didn't walk away from God but they wanted God on their own terms.

On the other hand we read of Moses desperate prayer to God to be allowed to see the fulfillment of his dreams and to be allowed to enter into this new land. But because of past disobedience it was time to pass it on to a new leader.

Time ticks on and I still have not seen at 46 what God promised when I was a teenager. Time may have passed but no matter how long it takes I will never settle down, never compromise for second best and I humbly pray to God every day that my disobedience to Him that can so often crowd my life will not stop me seeing the great things he has promised.

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