84. Move forward with God

The Israelites were on their way to their Promised Land. They came to the border of the land of the Amorites. They asked politely once again to pass through their land without making even a dent, but they were once again denied access. However this time they were not only rudely denied entry, they were attacked by the king of the Amorites, King Sihon. This time they had no choice but to engage in battle. And God was with them. They defeated the Amorites and captured all their towns and settled there. Next on the list was King Og of Bashan. Now King Og was a force to be reckoned with. He was the last of the feared giants named, Rephaites. His iron bed was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide. He had sixty fortified cities in his kingdom, with high walls and barred gates. But God comforted them and said:

"Do not be afraid of him, for I will give you victory over Og and his entire army, giving you all of his land. You will do the same to him as you did to King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon." Numbers 21:34

Now it is interesting to note, that this was exactly the kind of enemy that the spies feared when they went to spy out the Promised Land. They said that they won't be able to enter the land, because there were giants living there in fortified cities, impossible to breach. And yet, this time the Israelites didn't murmur and complain. They had learned their lesson. They trusted God for the outcome and attacked King Og without any doubt and without dwelling on the past. And they were victorious! Not a single survivor remained. God was with them.

We need to learn from this. We need to learn not to dwell on the past like the Israelites did. They didn't fret about the past and they didn't dwell on their past mistakes. They learned from it and moved on and obtained victory. We need to use our past also as a good learning school and move on. We need to let the past go and we need to trust God with our future. Simply learn what needs to be learned and move on.

God helped the Israelites. If you think about it, they never had any military training. They were never trained on how to attack and conquer a fortified city. They were slaves all their lives and further wandered aimlessly through the wilderness, but God was with them and that was enough. When God tells you to do something, don't think about how unqualified you are and how you messed up in the past. No, keep your focus on the task at hand, give it your best shot and watch how God will help you in your weaknesses. Because if He says He will help you, He will. Trust Him and not your own abilities and witness the victory in your life.

Father thank you that we can know that we are never alone. Thank you that You are always there for us. Help us to follow in Your ways and to stand up for what we believe to be true. Help us in our weaknesses and aid us in our walk with You. In Jesus' name. Amen

3 comments for “84. Move forward with God”

  1. Gravatar of Louina MaraisLouina Marais
    Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:11:42 PM

    Thank you Ilze, just remind us that we can do the tasks given to us with confidence knowing it willsucseed trusting God!

  2. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2:03:40 PM

    Amen.

  3. Gravatar of MariMari
    Posted Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 3:50:56 PM

    Amen! As God vir ons is wie kan teen ons wees. Hy wat in ons woon is groter as hy wat in die wereld is! Halleluja!

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