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  • Sheila Krygsheld

Turn North

The Israelites were about to go into the Promised Land after wandering for 40 years and Moses had some parting words for them:


"You have wandered round these highlands long enough, turn and go north." Deuteronomy 2:3


The nation of Israel had wandered round and round and round until the original generation had passed on. Anyone 20 years and older would have died and many in the new generation destined to go into the Promised Land could have remembered crossing the Red Sea. They would have been very young when God brought them out of Egypt and the older generation would be at least 40 and no older than 60 years. It's kind of crazy to think about it, Israel was a young nation.


Can you imagine wandering all those years, never putting your roots down, walking here and there to nowhere? What about only knowing wandering? What a new lease on life they must have had. The old complaining ways of the past generation was gone and new life was about to enter the camp..."turn and go north."


But as we look further in Deuteronomy, we see another charge:


"The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, 'You are not to go back that way again.'" Deuteronomy 17:16


When God shows us a new lease on life and tells us to "turn north," he does not mean for us to turn for a little while and when we get tired, quit. We "are not to go back that way again."


Wandering around is no fun. Staying stagnant is a problem. Being a person who has no vision or purpose is tiring, you feel as if you have no worth.


Has God called you to something new? Has he been tugging at you revealing a way that you need to go and you need to take the first step in faith? Do you need to take the plunge into the deep waters of His calling?


It is scary. The Israelites knew how scary it was. But did they have security in wandering? They had God, and he taught them to trust Him. That's what they had: trust in God for their security. They learned it over and over in those 40 years. But in turning north, it was the time to trust Him to do great things for His special nation. Trust was a habit, and that's all they could do.


Now is the time to trust God to do great things for you, too. Grab His hand and meld your heart into His. Grapple with tough questions and listen for His call to turn north...and don't go back the other way again. Completely turn north.