Enter Your Destiny
May 13, 2020
Read: Deuteronomy 31:1, 6-8 NIV
Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
The stage has been set. The long-anticipated moment is at hand. Your destiny stands before you. Walk through the door and your life will never be the same again. Your hopes and dreams collide with fears and uncertainties. Your trembling hand lays hold of the doorknob. You take a breath. Everything is about to change, one way or the other. What will you do?
This is where descendants of Abraham and their brand new leader found themselves. They had all been children when they were miraculously delivered from Egypt, or been born enroute to the Promised Land. They knew of God’s miraculous working only through stories their parents had told them. They had wandered around in the desert for some 40 years. They had experienced God’s faithfulness in the daily supply of manna and clothes that simply never wore out. And now they are on the brink of what they had always been told was their destiny.
And they are terrified.
Moses, their aged, soon-to-depart leader understood their fear. He remembered how this fear had surfaced in their parents 40 years earlier. He remembered how that fear crippled them, caused them to shrink from their moment, and sentenced them to a life of aimless wandering. So he gives them and their new leader one last sermon. It’s theme is clear.
Be men and women of courage. Push through your fear. Take the risk. Be bold. God has brought you to this moment. God has gone before you to prepare the way. God is with you as you fight. Live or die, let this moment declare your faith in God and your commitment to His purposes. Be people of honor.
There will be times in your life when you will realize that a door stands before you. A door of opportunity. A door of decision. You will sense that God wants you to walk through it. You know that if you do your life will never be the same. There will be much to lose and much to gain. You will feel excited and afraid at the same time. The next time you are there, let the words of Moses echo in your hearts. "Courage!” Join the ranks of those who have fought through their fear and experienced their God-given destiny.
Walk through the door. The life you were destined for is on the other side.
What doors have you been afraid to open in your past? What fears kept you from taking them?
What doors are before you now? What would make you choose differently this time?
Read Numbers 12:26-33
• What reasons did the people have for not entering the Promised Land the first time? How do we give the same reasons today for not seizing our destiny?
• What reasons did Joshua and Caleb give for seizing their destiny? How can that encourage us to do the same?