And the Lord spoke to me, saying: ‘You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward.’ Deuteronomy 2:2-3
If you’ve had a particular experience for so long, you can get used to it, forget your assignment, and lose every desire to go forward. This was the case with the Israelites in their wilderness journey until God came to stir their nest. Although the Israelites at that time were out of Egypt and slavery, passed through the Red Sea and experienced miracles in the wilderness; they still had a ‘Promised Land’ to go to, even though they were stuck in the wilderness for a long time.
Yesterday’s victory becomes our greatest accomplishment when we remain in a particular place in life for long and nothing happens. We modify our desire to push for more; start living in mediocrity and accept ‘not good enough’ as ‘good enough.’ But, there is always a place called ‘forward’ in life; and God wants us to continually make moves to get there.
Turning northward for the Israelites meant leaving desert-living and going forward to possess the land of Canaan – their land of promise. For you, it means leaving the familiar (not good enough) to go upward and forward in all spheres of life and living. God wants you to know that there is more to you, more in you and He has more for you ahead of you; this is the reason He wants you like the Israelites to take your journey northward. Go forward – push for progress!
To push means you have to apply pressure to move something into a different location. Hence you have to be deliberate about making progress because nothing happens in life unless someone makes it happen. In order therefore to keep making progress, leave the elementary things you’ve always known and press forward towards the future God has for you. Don’t accept the mediocrity around you as normal, challenge it. What you have done in the past is actually an indication that you have the potential to do more. You have what it takes, you only need to take what you have and use it to your advantage.
Furthermore, you must avoid distractions in life because there is no room for ‘excess luggage’ at the top. It is said that, “They who walk, walk with many; those who run, run with a few, but those who fly, fly alone.” Olympic runners don’t wear flowing robes to a race because they don’t want anything to encumber them. Likewise, soldiers don’t live like civilians in order to avoid distractions. In the same manner, you must be willing to trade off things that are irrelevant – detrimental to your growth and development, personally, spiritually, mentally, or otherwise, for things of great value. You can’t effectively build anything, where there is rubbish (Nehemiah 4:10).
Psalm 92:12-14, Philippians 3:12-14, & II Timothy 2:4
+ Pray for a hunger that will make you always strive for the ‘more’ that God has for you in life.
+ Ask for grace to be disciplined as a good soldier in Christ, in order to avoid the distractions that would stunt your growth, thereby slow down your progress in life.