Deuteronomy 2:13-15 (focus verse 13 NIV) “And the Lord said, “Now get up and cross the Zered Valley.” So we crossed the valley.”
It took only eleven days to travel the distance from Kadesh-Barnea to “this side Jordan” (1:2), but it took 38 more years for the final group of unbelieving Israelites to die. God would take into the Promised Land only those with firm faith. The first generation had stood at the border of the Promised Land wailing in fear–and that fear derailed them completely. It proved that they had not learned their lessons throughout the wilderness that God is strong and faithful and always provides miraculously for His people. Once that generation was gone, a new chapter in Israel’s history could begin: the conquest of God’s Promised Land. Do we get overwhelmed when we face a new life challenge? After years of experiencing God’s faithfulness, love, care, and provision for all our needs, does the magnitude of our current challenge swallow up our faith? Or do we rise up with the faith of Joshua and Caleb knowing that whatever the difficulty, God gives the victory. Do not shrink back in fear. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).