March 23

Numbers 36:1-Deuteronomy 1:46; Luke 5:29-6:11; Psalm 66:1-20; Proverbs 11:24-26

Treading water and standing still are not God’s way! We are called to be ever expanding, ever in perpetual forward movement. Israel was free from Egypt but they were stuck. They weren’t moving forward and they weren’t going backwards. They were standing still. In fact, they had spent about 40 years taking a journey that was only supposed to be 11 days.

God had enough and challenged them through Moses. He simply said, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on.” (Deuteronomy 1:6-7).  God had a purpose and plan for Israel and they were not fulfilling it. Through all of their rebellion and disobedience, God saw their future stalled.

God also knew that the negative influences to their future were gone and they were ready to move forward. Now look at your life. Where are you stalled? Where are you stuck in life? How far are you from your Promised Land? Hear God saying to you, “You’ve stayed here long enough!” then break camp and start moving forward. It may have been a layoff on your job, the dissolution of your marriage, or a financial reversal, God is saying today, move forward! Your Promised Land is still waiting.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29; Luke 6:12-38; Psalm 67:1-7; Proverbs 11:27

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