The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, You have dwelt long enough on this mountain . . . Behold, I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the Lord swore to your fathers…
— Deuteronomy 1:6,8 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource Ending Your Day Right – by Joyce Meyer
In Deuteronomy 1:2, Moses pointed out to the Israelites that it was only an 11day journey to the border of Canaan (the promised land), yet it had taken them forty years to get there. 40 years is long enough to be on any mountain!
Many of us find it easy to judge the Israelites harshly, but the truth is, we do the same thing they did. We keep going around and around the same mountains (issues) instead of making progress and moving forward. The result? It often takes years for us to experience victory over something that could have been dealt with quickly.
Think about it for a minute: have you spent 40 years trying to make an 11 day trip? Whatever your mountain is, begin to walk away from it today. Ask God for His grace to start moving in the right direction, and make up your mind not to quit until you’re in possession of what God has promised you: freedom (see Galatians 5:1).
Prayer Starter: Father, please show me any “mountains” I’ve been circling for too long. Thank You in advance for giving me the strength I need to start walking away from them and toward the freedom You have for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.