[Deuteronomy] When It’s Time to Move On

“The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying,
“You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”  – Deuteronomy 1:6 

There are many significant verses in this Book, which is all about the covenant between God and the people, but this verse in the opening chapter tugged at my heart. And didn’t let go.

The work of this place is done. The people were grounded.
They received the Law and had some lived experience in making it work.
They built a tabernacle, that movable meeting place.
They numbered the people, which means they worked on identity issues.
They sorted out gifts, and appointed leaders.

And now, it’s time to resume the journey.
It’s time to leave the mountain.
They’ve have stayed here long enough.
It’s time to move on.

Out of the comfort zone, into the unknown.
Out of the ordinary, to face the undreamed-of.
Out of the familiar, now to be daring.
Shake of your habits, go deeper in faith.

How do you know when it’s time to move on, time to move deeper, time to move over?

What is the mountain that sheltered you well, and readied your heart to make your move possible?

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  1. I do not always know when to move on. Sometimes my mountain is a network of friends – their willingness to speak truth and hold up a mirror gives me courage.

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