Deuteronomy 2:7 A Provided For Journey

The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything. Deuteronomy 2:7

Traveling on a journey, especially an unknown one, can be very stressful for many people. There are a lot of things that need to be provided for on the journey.

When traveling on a journey that is of an unknown path is harder since one does not know what he may or may not need. Often stops at a store are needed to resupply.

God reminds the people that during their journey through the wilderness of forty years He provided everything that they needed.

Although most people will not physically travel a route completely blind, every believer is walking through the wilderness of this world on their journey to heaven. Along this journey there will be times of great battles that the enemy will rise up and cause to stop the believer.

As with any journey that a person makes, this journey will cause a person to have some needs. With the basic physical needs of food, water and clothing, there are also many spiritual needs that the believer will need. Strength, wisdom, direction, peace, comfort, joy, boldness and rest are just a few of the things that will be needed to complete this journey.

Just as the Israelites did not know exactly how long their journey would be, the believer does not know how long his journey in this life will be. Some will only be a few years and others will be for many years before God calls them home in death. Yet, on this journey, God will provide abundantly all that is needed. There will never be a lack for anything.

From the moment you chose to believe in Jesus you began a journey in this life that will continue until your death. It is a journey through the dark wilderness of this fallen world.

Trusting in God you will see that God will provide for everything that you need…not necessarily want. He is willing and able to guide your every step on this journey, if you will but just trust Him and obey His commands.

Looking back, you will be able to see how God provides. Don’t give up on the journey but continue forward in Christ Jesus until the day He calls you home.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s provision in your life; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that your journey will accomplish God’s direction for your life.

Numbers 22:23 Getting Moved Off The Wrong Path

When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road. Numbers 22:23

Traveling down the road no one likes to be put on a detour or told that they cannot continue their journey. Detours and stops can sometimes occur because there is danger ahead that will cause major problems if the path is continued.

Many will get angry about the detour and try to force their way through.

Balaam was on his way to curse or bless the Israelites at the request of Balak. On the way his donkey was stopped by an angel, and it turned off the path. Balaam then beat the donkey.

Everyone who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus is on a path towards holiness and heaven. At times people will choose to take a different path, while still claiming to follow Jesus. They will begin to walk down a path of sin and death.

God, in His perfect love, will put a block on the path to get the person back onto the right path. It could be a donkey, as in the case of Balaam, or it could be something else such as sickness, injury, loss of position or job, or anything else to move the believer off the wrong path.

Instead of getting angry and trying to force the situation to stay on the wrong path, the believer should see God’s hand at work and move. God does not force one off of a path just to be mean, but in order to guide the believer on the right path of righteousness, holiness and what is best for him in light of eternity.

Anytime you begin to stray off the path God has for you He will attempt to put a block in the way. He wants you on the best path possible, not what looks good at the moment.

Do not allow yourself to stray off the path God has for you, whether it is to sin or just to do your own thing. Getting off of God’s path will only lead to frustration, death and destruction.

Seek God’s direction for your life and walk that path. It will lead to holiness, bringing His peace, comfort, and strength.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has for you; that you will trust in God’s leading you; that God will help you to not stray from His path for you; and that you will do God’s will in every area of your life.

Numbers 9:23 Moving And Staying At God’s Command

At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses. Numbers 9:23

Traveling across the country people must follow certain directions or it can cause major problems for themselves and others.

Coming up to an intersection with a stoplight, one must be willing to stop when the sign is red. Once it turns green, they are given the go ahead to continue moving forward. Failure to follow the rules will cause a major accident and possibly death. Following the rules allows one to safely move forward.

The Israelites would encamp or set out on their journey as the Lord commanded them. They would obey God’s command through Moses. Every person is on a journey in this life on earth.

While the majority of the world believes that their life only affects the here and now, it actually has an effect that goes into eternity. Just as there are rules on the roads as to when to move or stand still, there are rules in life as to when to move or stand still.

God, who is in control, knows when a person should move or stand still. He is sitting above all life watching how things are moving and is coordinating things to move in light of eternity.

Believers in Jesus will understand this and listen to God’s commands as to when to move or not move. It is easy for one to choose to move when things don’t look right or look right in their own eyes, ignoring God’s commands. However, it is when they move or stand still at God’s commands that everything works out for their good and God’s kingdom is built.

Obedience to God’s commands will keep one safe on the journey through this life.

Regardless of where you are in this life, God has a plan of travel for you. He knows exactly when to begin moving and when to stand still.

Do not allow yourself to rely upon your own wisdom or the wisdom of this world. Following the ways of this world will cause an accident and great harm. It will get you off the path of God.

Wait for and listen to the commands of God and obey them. He has you on a journey that will lead you and others into eternity with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands of God in your life; that you will obey the commands of God; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that you will only move or stand still at God’s command.

Exodus 15:13 God Will Lead In Love And Strength

In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. Exodus 15:13

From the moment of birth to the moment of death, people are led by someone to some level or more. Some are very closely guided, while others are more loosely led.

With all of these leaders there are many different types. Different styles of leadership are to be found with some being extremely strict and bossy, while others are very lenient and friendly. Of all the human leaders, none are able to lead with perfect love and strength.

After being rescued from captivity in Egypt, Moses and the Israelites sang a song about what happened. They stated that God lead them with unfailing love and strength to the holy dwelling place.

Once a person chooses to repent of his sins and God rescues him out of the captivity and death of sin, God does not leave him alone on his own. He is willing to lead him on the new journey in life to the promised land. This promised land is not a physical land on earth as the Israelites traveled to, but to a home in heaven for eternity with God.

This journey, like all journeys, can be filled with challenges, troubles, and detours. One cannot know all the correct steps to take on his own, but needs guidance and direction.

The world is unable to correctly lead a person on how to make this journey. The world is leading a person to death in sin. God, in His perfect love and strength, is able to lead a person on the right path towards heaven and He will not make a mistake or lead wrong. This path is one that guides the person to become more like Jesus every day in following God’s will.

You are on a journey in this life. If you have chosen to follow Jesus, you are on the journey towards heaven, the promised land.

Do not allow yourself to be guided on this journey by the world. That path will only lead to death and destruction.

God is ready, willing and able to lead you with perfect love and strength. He knows the steps you must take. Seek His direction and obey His commands and you will make the journey in success. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will walk the path God lays out for you; and that you will trust God’s perfect love and strength to lead you.

Exodus 13:17 A Different Route On Purpose

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17

When a person is traveling a long distance, he usually wants to go by the shortest and fastest route possible. This is due to the desire to get to the desired location as quickly as possible.

GPS systems will often show the shortest and fastest route possible. However, some will also recalculate when there is something in the way to slow down the travel. Very few people like to be rerouted.

God chose to lead the Israelites a different route than the shortest way, so that they would not have to face war and get discouraged and give up, going back to Egypt and captivity.

Life is a journey that every person must take. People are often searching for the fastest way to get to their final destination. They are searching for shortcuts to getting wealthy, strong, or some other desired reward.

While shortcuts may look good, often they contain troubles that are not worth it. Some of those troubles are immediate, while others don’t show up for a longer period of time.

The journey of a believer is one in which he is becoming more like Jesus and building God’s kingdom here on this earth. God knows exactly what each believer needs in the moment and what route to take him to get what is needed at the right time.

It is easy for one to get discouraged when God reroutes and goes a different path than expected. However, the believer must trust that God knows what is best. He sees the dangers that lie ahead and knows how to move around them, taking the least dangerous path.

God has a goal to make you more like Jesus and to get you to the promised land, heaven. This journey will be one of dangers and struggles, but it will be the best route possible.

You have a choice as to whether to trust God’s leading or to take your own little detours. Detours can lead you back into sin and captivity, while God’s path will lead to victory and the promised land.

Be willing to take the path God has for you. He is your ultimate GPS in this life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will go the direction God leads you; that you will trust in God’s leading your life; that you will grow to become more like Jesus every day; and that you will continue on the path God has for you.