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"How God must grieve over two common approaches to his unfolding plan: those who want a position without preparation and those who refuse to leave the comforts of preparation to take the position." Beth Moore Deep thought. It always gets me when I least want it. You know those days when you can't escape whatever is in your mind and concentrating on anything else seems daunting and overwhelming... Not to mention annoying. Israelites. They were a people who wanted the promised land and countless times grieved thier circumstance in trying to get there. They were tired, shoeless, hungry, thirsty, liked golden calves, didn't like rules, and forfeited their chance to enter the land. They wanted the position without the preparation...they wanted to be comfortable. Oh how much we are like the Israelites, wandering, wishing to see what God has planned for us, but not liking the journey and not preparing ourselves for it by trusting His plan. Yet, the Israelites were so consumed in the comforts of preparation (THEIR idea of preparation) that they forgot to move forward and take the position God had offered them...only to watch it dissipate and dissolve...forcing them to take a different road. They forgot the ultimate promise and God took it away and gave it to their children. God forgave their sin but He did not remove the sins repercussions. Joshua. After Moses died, Joshua was summoned to lead the Israelites, those who remained, into the Promised Land. I often wonder how the Lord spoke to Joshua. Did he surprise him one day as he was working? Did he appear in a dream? Did he have his angels around him? What were Joshuas circumstances when the Lord approached him? Was there any doubt in Joshua's mind? Surely the Lord read his mind because he kept repeating, "Be strong and courageous...". I can't help but wonder about the fright that Joshua must have felt. God was telling him that every place his foot touched it would be given to him, and that Joshua would give the people possession of the land, that no man will be able to stand before him! His only requirement? "Only be strong and courageous, be careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you, do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go... Do not tremble or be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Such a promise. Why do we not trust that promise today? We fight ourselves, we fight our circumstances, we fight each other, we fight our past, we fight our future, we fight the present, but rarely do we fight the enemy with the promise that no matter what road God leads us to walk down, he is with us wherever we go. Prepare... But don't be slaughtered in the comforts of that preparation... Victory is ours. Take the land! "For the Lord's portion is His people...He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. The Lord alone guided him..." Deuteronomy 32:9-12


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