Taking the Long Way(Deuteronomy 2:1-25)

Deuteronomy 2:14-15

“Thirty-eight years passed from the time we first left Kadesh-barnea until we finally crossed the Zered Brook! By then, all the men old enough to fight in battle had died in the wilderness, as the LORD had vowed would happen. The LORD struck them down until they had all been eliminated from the community.

Israel did not have to travel 40 years to the Promised Land. It’s a trip that should have taken only a few weeksDeuteronomy 1:2 Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai(Hebrew Mount Horeb, another name for Sinai ) to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir.

But the people rejected God’s love, rebelled against his authority, ignored his instructions for right living, and wilfully broke their agreement with God

Exodus 19:8

And all the people responded together, "We will do everything the Lord has commanded." So Moses brought the people's answer back to the Lord.

For their disobedience, God led them into the wilderness until they had learned to follow him.We often make life’s journey more difficult than necessary by disobeying God. We can benefit from the lessons God taught the Israelites though.

We don’t have to repeat their mistakes. God offers his love to us if we would only accept it Romans 8:35

Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

God will guide our paths if we would only seek his will

Proverbs 3:6

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

And God promised to never abandon us, so we have no reason to fear

Deuteronomy 31:6, 8

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."……….Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you."

Hebrews 13:5Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you.I will never abandon you."

You may find that your life is less complicated by your own sins and more rewarding if you choose to cling to God in obedience

Respond to these four questions

Have you experienced sin in your life that created more heartache than happiness?

Did you find joy when you finally submitted it to God?

Are there sins now that you’re holding onto?

Think back to the joy that came when God freed you from earlier sins.

Ask God to do that again with whatever sins you’re facing now

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