Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Welcome to Day 65 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Deuteronomy 3 Israel’s conquest of Canaan has begun. They are beginning to take possession of the land the Lord had “given” them (I would say, he “decided they would inhabit” that land… they had to fight for it. It hardly was given to them…)
In v 23 Moses pleads with God to be allowed to cross the Jordan River… but sadly, his request is denied.
Funny that Moses placed blame on the people, rather than taking responsibility himself for his disobedience and frustration… v 26, “But because of you the LORD was angry with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the LORD said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter.”
You may see it, but not cross over into it…
Deuteronomy 4 is an AMAZING chapter… Moses encourages the people to be obedient to the laws the LORD had given them. Reminds them to avoid idolatry… Cautions them not to worship any image of man or beast, or any heavenly body.
v 32-40 is a great chapter declaring “the LORD is God! Besides him, there is no other!”
v 39-40, “Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. 40 Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God gives you for all time.”
Psalm 36, “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.” LISTEN to Third Day’s “Your Love Oh Lord.”
Mark 13, Jesus describes the end times… v 32-32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Be on guard! Be alert!
You do not know when that time will come.”
I wonder how often this happens? That God has the Promised Land for us, but due to our disobedience we might only get to see it from a distance and not enter and possess it? How sad is that? So close… so close and yet so far…
I wonder what would have happened if Moses had just taken responsibility for his actions? When God told him to speak to the rock and it would bring forth water for the people… but he hit the rock twice instead. Numbers 20:7-12.
“LORD, please forgive me. Forgive my disobedience. In my frustration (with these people) I became angry and hit the rock instead of doing as you commanded… That I speak to the rock… and in your great love you would bring forth water for your people.”
Moses had faithfully led the people for forty years… they grumbled and complained, seemingly endlessly. He was faithful in setting up the tabernacle. He pleaded for the people, repeatedly… crying out to God to NOT destroy them… Yet in a (cumulative) moment of frustration, he lost his opportunity to enter the Promised Land…
Moral of the story? Life is a marathon, not a sprint… Easier to run, not so easy to finish well.
Lord, I want to, as Paul said, “Run the race to win.”
Forgive me for the times I have been frustrated and grumbled or acted in disobedience…