As pilgrims and strangers on the earth there are two dangers to which we are ever exposed, “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Heb.11:13).
That of sitting at ease in our present comfortable condition, or of rushing impatiently into new areas and circumstances, note what the Lord had to say Laodiceans, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Rev.3:15,16). Commit thy way unto the Lord, and He shall direct thy paths.
There always seem to be a measure of apprehension. “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough.’’ The mountain they had been compassing was not for them, no, not a foot of it. (v. 5).
There were other possessions waiting on them, note what the apostle Paul stated in (II.Cor.12:40 “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”
It is a blessed thing to be saved from the wrath to come, but it is a miserable thing never to get beyond that, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” (Heb.6:1:2).
Paul the great apostle declared, “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.3:13,14).
There are commands in the word of God “Turn you northward.” They were to set their faces toward all that had been freely given them by God. It was Jesus who said to his disciples,“we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:” (Mk.10:33).
Let us expect the fulfilment of His exceeding great and precious promises in your daily life, “Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.” Kings 8:56).
Instead of the mire of earth let us look for the crown of glory. “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” (I.Pt.5:4).
Let us note the warning. “Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren, the children of Esau; “meddle not with them” (v.4,5).
Mount Seir had been given to Esau to possess it (Josh. 24. 4).
When God blesses His people He does it righteously, even in the presence of the ungodly.
We have a just God and a Saviour. It was not the Lord, but one of Job’s miserable comforters who declared that “The heavens are not clean in His sight.” This world is not our home, “Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.” (Jos.7:11).
To the Corinthians the apostle Paul stated, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” (II.Cor.6:17).
The Lord always have reminder. Just as we are the Lord’s remembrancers so He is ours. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” (Ps.103:2).
In verse seven they are reminded of His-
First Favour. “The Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand,” His favour always means blessing.
The grace of God that bringeth salvation to all men hath appeared. His favour is better than the best of a mere earthly life, note what the angel said to Mary “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.” (Lk.1:30).
Secondly, wisdom. “He knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness. He is mindful of us. He knoweth the way that we take. Our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted in all points like as we are, and is touched with the feeling of our infirmities according to (Heb.4:15)
He knows our walking, whither it is through great shadows of trial and suffering, or along the sunny path of painless prosperity.
Thirdly, the Lord’s Presence is always with us.. “The Lord thy God hath been with thee.” Have we no evidence in the past that the Lord out God hath been with us?
Will His faithfulness fail us in the future ? ” lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mt.28:20).
Fourthly, God will not deny Himself. He would be denying Himself and robbing His Word of its power and glory if His presence failed the humbIe, childlike, believer, ” Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt.11:28).
We may believe there is Sufficiency in Jesus. “Thou hast lacked nothing.’’ To the disciples Jesus ask,‘When I sent you, lacked ye anything ? ” And they answered, “Nothing” (Luke 22. 35). Out of Heaven and from the stony rock the God of all grace satisfied the people’s needs.
There may be many things we wont but we shall lack no good thing when He is with us, “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Ps.84:11).
My God shall supply all your need. Many a time they murmured in the wilderness, but the Lord their God declares that they lacked nothing.
We are rich indeed when we have what He wishes us to have, whatever that may be, “Be content with such things as ye have, for He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13. 5).