It’s About Time

August 30, 2022

“…You have stayed at this mountain long enough…”

Deuteronomy 1:6b

The Pains of Our Phases

Did you ever experience growing pains as a child? Actual, painful, literal growing pains? Or as a parent, have you witnessed your children within their teething phase? It’s one of the most difficult seasons of life for our babies, and perhaps for us as parents, too! There’s irritability, discomfort, and a pain that simply must be endured  before we can get into that next phase of really living. As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we remark to ourselves, It’s about time. It so often seems that the pain, whether firsthand or secondary, will never end.

Life is full of times like this. It seems that once we just start to find our footing, we’re uprooted once again. God’s people knew that feeling here in Deuteronomy 1.

The Pull of Forward Motion

Moses reminds them of where they’ve been. And what that means for them next. He declares on behalf of the Lord their God, “[He] spoke to us at Horeb: ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough.'” Does this resonate with you and your family now, or maybe in a previous season of life?

Perhaps you’ve just now finally found peace with where you currently are. Yet you’re feeling the pull of something new and less comfortable on the horizon. Or maybe you’re feeling stuck. It’s as though you’ve been in this growing-pains-and-teething season for a while and are ready to move into whatever territory comes next. Or perhaps you’re already crying out to the Lord, “It’s about time!”

Either way, you feel that forward motion beginning to sink in. But where are you headed next?

There’s More in Store

One thing is for sure: God is always speaking and guiding our steps ever further along. Even when it feels a bit stagnant. And even when it seems like your steps are going in reverse. And here’s a truth for the ages: Among all the fruits of the spirit, comfort isn’t one of them, though He promises to comfort us in the midst of our trials and pain.

The apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” And these aren’t fruits you become acquainted with in those easy seasons of bliss and effortlessness; they’re hard-earned gifts that take root in us amidst the most difficult seasons when we learn to trust in the Lord and forsake all else.

So, if you’re hearing the Lord declare to you, “…You have stayed at this mountain long enough…”, lean in a little closer. You have so much more life in store, so much more to receive than you could ever think or imagine. It’s about time to get moving, trusting the heart of the Father at each new turn.

Now What?

Consider the uncomfortable territory you may feel the Lord leading you into now. Reflect on the seasons in the past where you felt Him guiding you into the unknown, as well as how He has proved Himself faithful in the past. Take time to remember His goodness as you prepare for His provision in the days to come. You are still on His radar; find peace in His great love for you.

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