You've Been Here Long Enough (Deuteronomy 2:1-7)

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You've Been Here Long Enough (Deuteronomy 2:1-7)

  1. Intro
    1. Read Deuteronomy 2:1-7.
      1. The Israelites were wandering around in circles.
      2. They had no direction, and no faith.
      3. And God had a blunt message for them.
    2. We're all entering into a new year.
      1. For many of us, we've been wandering around in a funk, in circles, for a long time.
      2. We lack direction and we lack faith.
      3. In this passage God has a blunt message for us, too.
  2. A Closer Look at Deuteronomy 2:1-7.
    1. The Israelites were still in the wilderness.
      1. The original bunch delivered from Egypt had all died in the wilderness.
      2. Deuteronomy 1:2 tells us it was an eleven day journey from Mt. Horeb to the Promised Land.
      3. But because of their disobedience, they had been in the wilderness forty years.
      4. So God is now talking to the second generation.
    2. The second generation was not much better.
      1. They had been walking around the same mountain for many days.
      2. They were basically just walking around in circles.
      3. They had no direction, no vision, just wasting the days of their lives walking in circles.
    3. The Lord has His fill with these drifters.
      1. He says, "You have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward." (2:3)
      2. The Lord is telling them, "You've been wandering around out here long enough."
      3. "You've spent your whole lives walking around in circles."
      4. "It's time to take some initiative, it's time to find direction, to find vision."
      5. "It's time to quit wasting your lives."
    4. God gives them direction.
      1. He says move north.
      2. Quit walking in circles and move toward the Promised Land, My promise to you.
      3. Quit dwelling on the past—didn't I take care of you there?
      4. Didn't I bless you even when you didn't listen to Me?
      5. I've been with you all the way.
      6. Get up and get going.
      7. I'm still with you and I'll always be with you.
  3. We're beginning a new year.
    1. We have no idea what's to come in the new year ahead.
      1. Some will say it's just another year, just like last year, and the year before that.
      2. There's no use getting excited; there's no reason to change anything.
      3. I'm just going to stay where I'm at.
      4. It's not exciting and it's not demanding but I'm comfortable here, so I'll just camp out here.
      5. I've heard there's a "Promised Land", a place where God wants me to be.
      6. But the way's too hard, there's too much expected, so I'm going to keep circling this mountain, spend another year out here in the wilderness.
    2. But God's got a word for you.
      1. "You've been here long enough."
      2. "It's time to get up and get going."
  4. It's time to let go of the past.
    1. The Israelites may have been holding on to their past.
      1. They may have been told stories of all the good things the Israelites had in Egypt before God led them into the wilderness.
      2. They may have felt guilty over their sins and the sins of their forefathers, thinking it was hopeless.
      3. God said, "Let go of all that."
      4. "It's time to move forward."
    2. Are you still holding on to your past?
      1. Are you still trying to recapture or relive the glory days of the past?
      2. Are you still haunted by the sins and mistakes of yesterday?
      3. Whatever happened in the past, good or bad, it's still back there, in the past.
      4. You will never recreate the past.
      5. And you can't ever go back and redo anything.
    3. The future starts today.
      1. Praise God for the goodness of the past.
      2. Repent and accept God's forgiveness for the mistakes of the past.
      3. Let go of the past and grab hold of God, the God of today and tomorrow.
      4. Leave the past in the past, and enjoy the today that God offers you.
      5. It's now a new year, a new future, with new opportunities.
      6. Keep your eye on the Promised Land that God has promised for you in the future.
  5. It's time to quit walking around in circles.
    1. The Israelites were walking around in circles.
      1. They'd spent almost forty years in an area they could walk across in eleven days.
      2. They had no drive to do anything else.
      3. They were comfortable being uncomfortable.
      4. They had resigned themselves to a life with no purpose, no direction, and no vision.
    2. Are you walking around in circles?
      1. Is your life missing purpose?
      2. Are you stuck in a rut, with no direction and no vision?
      3. That's not God's plan for you.
      4. If you're there, it's because you want to be there.
      5. A life lived for God always has purpose, always has direction.
      6. This year, commit yourself to following the ways and the direction of the Lord.
      7. Quit walking in circles and follow the Lord.
  6. It's time to get going.
    1. God had had enough of the Israelites' lack of direction.
      1. So He gave them direction—again.
      2. And this time He wanted some action.
    2. Isn't it time you followed God's direction?
      1. Where has your wandering through life got you?
      2. You're still passing through the same places you've been before.
      3. It's time to get going with the Lord.
      4. It's time to put some action to the words we keep repeating.
      5. It's time to get going.
      6. Let this new year be the year you get up and start following the Lord.
  7. It's time to trust in the Lord.
    1. The Israelites' problem was a lack of trust, a lack of faith.
      1. They were in the wilderness because they failed to place their faith in the Lord.
      2. And they continued in the wilderness because of that lack of faith.
      3. They had rather waste their lives going in circles than trust the Lord.
      4. The Lord was giving them the Promised Land and they just walked in circles, not trusting anybody but themselves.
      5. And all they had gotten for themselves was forty years walking in circles, dropping like flies.
    2. Isn't it time you put your faith in the Lord?
      1. God offers you everything.
      2. He offers you forgiveness.
      3. He offers you eternal life.
      4. He offers you real life in this world, a life full of blessing and joy and contentment.
      5. He just calls on you to quit trusting in yourself and trust in Him.
      6. Where have you gotten without the Lord?
      7. Why continue on the same on treadmill, walking, running, searching, but never getting anywhere?
    3. Put your faith in the Lord.
      1. Let this new year be the year that you take that leap of faith in Jesus Christ.
      2. Let this new year be the year you surrender control of your life to the Lord.
      3. Let this new year be the year you enjoy the purpose and direction of the Creator of all the World.