Having one vision, the right vision, is a miracle and a blessing.

We are going to start reading from Deuteronomy. At this point the people of Israel had been in the desert for 40 years.

Deuteronomy 1:1-8 NIV

These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the wilderness east of the Jordan—that is, in the Arabah—opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. [2] (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.) [3] In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them. [4] This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. [5] East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying: [6] The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. [7] Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. [8] See, I have given you this land . Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”

They had been in the desert for 40 years. God says in verse 6, “You stayed long enough…”. It’s time to get moving. They were going in circles many times. They must have seen the mount Horeb over and over. Maybe the children asked: “Didn’t we pass here last year and the year before that?”

1) Divided Vision

Numbers 13:26-33 NIV

They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. [27] They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. [28] But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. [29] The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan. ” [30] Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” [31] But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” [32] And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. [33] We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

After 40 years they were ready to go. In doing so, they found out that the land was indeed plentiful. Just like God had promised them. However, they didn’t remember and trust that God can and will give them the land.

Numbers 14:1-2,6-10,20-24 NIV

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. [2] All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!

[6] Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes [7] and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. [8] If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. [9] Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” [10] But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites.

[20] The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. [21] Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, [22] not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— [23] not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. [24] But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

The dividend vision split up the people.

That’s the vision they lost:

Exodus 19:3-6 NIV

Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: [4] ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. [5] Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, [6] you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

They lost the main part of the vision, where God told them that it’s not just about milk and honey but that they get to be God’s people. At this stage they were walking around the desert waiting to die. It was a slow death. Life without vision is hopeless.

However, there were people that wanted to go. Caleb was anxious to go. How must he have felt going back into the desert. Don’t think it doesn’t matter what you do and don’t do. It has an impact on the brothers and sisters around you!

2) What Fuels My Vision?

How much baggage must the people of Israel have had after 400 years of slavery and 40 years in the desert? At the same time, they had also seen God’s miracles like the parting of the sea, the pillars of fire and cloud, water springing from a rock or manna and quail from heaven.

We all face challenges in our lives and carry baggage and have issues. However, we have also seen many miracles! God is living within us through his spirit. It can’t get any closer than that.

3) Maintaining Your Vision

Hebrews 4:6-7 NIV

Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, [7] God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

A fruitful Bible study is when we listen to the Bible and put it into practice.

4) Passionate Prayer

Hebrews 5:7 NIV

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

Passionate prayers were a frequent thing for Jesus, not just one off. I lose passion in my prayer when I lose faith that God will and/or can do and change things. Let’s get the same passionate heart as Jesus when it comes to prayer.

By on 11th February 2018 from the series
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