Friday, February 21, 2014
Read: Deut. 2:16-35
“…I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.” (Deuteronomy 2:31 KJV)
After 40 years in the wilderness, Moses was told that it was time for the people to take possession of the land God had promised them. The first order of business was to decide what to do about a king named Sihon who stood between the Israelites and the land of Canaan. God’s command was, “Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle” (Deut. 2:24). God certainly could have eliminated Sihon without anyone’s help, but He commanded His people to take the first step.
The same is often true with us. Difficult circumstances or broken relationships seem to defy solution. When they persist for months or years, we may feel that nothing we do will make a difference. But the Lord says, “Begin.” We must make the first move – speak a kind word, ask for forgiveness, pay some of what we owe. We must be the initiators – we must take the “first step.”
Joy lies not only in attaining some distant goal but also in walking with our loving God, who says, “I have begun to give…Begin to possess it”. Is there a first step you should take today? Nothing can be accomplished until we take the first step.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as you help us take the initiative, we are sure you’ll win victory for us, thank You! Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 58. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).