If you’ve been in church for over five minutes, you have heard that God loves you. Did you know that God also likes you and wants to spend time with you?
The Biblical story of human interaction with God begins with God walking with the first couple in the Garden of Eden. Jesus enjoyed the company of a group of close followers.
God personally met with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and many more pioneers of the faith.
Today’s blog passage reminds us that great things happen when we travel with God, who loves us and like to be around us.
God Has the Map
The only person on earth with worse directional skills than me is our youngest daughter, Rebekah. She recently took a long walk with her eight year old son, Grayson. After many turns in the road, Rebekah was lost.
Grayson, who has a superpower or two with his autism, knew exactly how to get home. Rebekah asked him the way home and they easily got there.
The Hebrew people didn’t have GPS and Grayson wasn’t available to give directions. They did have God, who was more than willing to show them the way to the promised land.
Moses told the story like this. “We journeyed back into the wilderness, in the direction of the Red Sea, as the Lord had told me and skirted Mount Seir for many days.
“Then the Lord said to me: ‘You have been skirting this hill country long enough. Head north'” (Deuteronomy 2.1-3).
Oh, that we would learn that God always has the map. He know where we should go, if we would only follow him.
God Keeps the Map
God has the map, but he doesn’t give it to us. Why?
God enjoys our company and prefers to talk with us while he shows us the way to the promised land.
Just as Rebekah enjoyed the company of Grayson on their walk, God wants to talk with us as he guides us.
May we fix this truth in our minds. The destination is important to God, but he also enjoys the journey.
God made humans to be his companions. If we are not living in a friendship relationship with him, we are missing one of the central reasons why he created us.
God told the people to exercise friendliness to the descendants of Esau and Moab.
God told them, “You are about to pass through the territory of your kindred, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir.
“They will be afraid of you, so, be very careful not to engage in battle with them, for I will not give you even so much as a foot’s length of their land, since I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.
“You shall purchase food from them for money, so that you may eat; and you shall also buy water from them for money, so that you may drink” (Deuteronomy 2.4-6).
Word of the Exodus from Egypt traveled to the promised land. The Israelites were a fearsome sight to the people of the land.
God who had promised the land to the Hebrews also promised territory to the descendants of Esau and Moab.
As we travel with God, he will show us how to treat other people.
My friend, Rudy Ross, who produces YouTube videos with me, prays daily to be kind. As he lives each day with God, he knows that God wants him to be kind to his employees and customers in his business. That’s part of traveling with God.
Wandering in Circles
It is roughly 100 miles from Egypt to Kadesh-barnea. It may be a difficult walk to travel there, but the Hebrews made the trip in eleven days.
Because of their unbelief and rebellion, God caused them to wander in the desert for forty years with the promised land always near by.
Moses described this sad aspect of their travel with God and said, “And the length of time we had traveled from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed the Wadi Zered was thirty-eight years, until the entire generation of warriors had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn concerning them.
“Indeed, the Lord’s own hand was against them, to root them out from the camp, until all had perished” (Deuteronomy 2.14-15).
There are few more tragic people on earth than those who never realize their purpose in life.
I tell people that if I hadn’t met Jesus I would have been a good salesman and golfer on my third marriage – miserable and making others miserable, too.
Praise God! We don’t have to live meaningless lives. God is willing to walk by our side with map in hand to take us to the best life possible.
The images of walking with God encourage me to walk with God, knowing that friendship with him is the greatest gift of all.
He has the map of life and is willing to personally direct our paths.
Let’s trust him and follow him to the abundant life that he desires for us.
About This Blog
Rudy Ross and I produce a daily video on Deuteronomy. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
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