Deuteronomy 1:6-8 “The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, You have dwelt long enough on this mountain.7 Turn and take up your journey and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country, in the lowland, in the South (the Negeb), and on the coast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. 8 Behold, I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them.“
Comfort is the enemy of progress. God spoke to the Israelites at Horeb saying, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and set your journey, and go…” (Deu. 1:6). God did not deliver the Israelites out of bondage in order for them to comfortably settle at Horeb. His plan was for His people to boldly advance towards the Promised Land to conquer and occupy it. In the same way, those who aspire to spiritual maturity must adopt Paul’s attitude, “Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12). Comfort and complacency are the enemies of progress and growth in the Christian life.
Perhaps the greatest hindrance we have to move on is a concern for Our Comfort. Israel like many of us long for the days of Egypt. Although bondage, Egypt had still become a comfort zone for the Israelites. But when we stop to consider the “good ole days,” hardly any of us really want to go back. A place where we emotionally, mentally, and sometimes spiritually call home. Out of this we give birth to an idol. But behold, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”(Exodus 20:4)
We like the people of Israel are to “go in and possess the land.” That means, we are to be actively pursuing the mission that Christ left us here to do.
When God delivers us…it is to give us a testimony. To Glorify the Almighty. He’s using us to prove to our enemies that He is God. Many of us leave Egypt kicking and screaming, unaware God is about to Bless you. But don’t be haste, for God wants to train us. This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances…”(Isaiah 49:8)
Moses spoke to the people…At that time I said to you, “You are too heavy a burden for me to carry alone.” One Man can not bear our burdens; A wife, A husband, A pastor, A friend, A brother, A sister…because only The Lord Jesus Christ can promise us, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(Matthew 11:30)
Lingering in the past, however good or bad, is not worth the risk of God moving in your life. The past, both the good and the bad tend to keep us stuck in the present. If we have failed, we sometimes take the risk of allowing our past failures to define our future. We allow the past to destroy what God has for us in the present. But God says,”You have dwelt long enough at this mountain.”
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.