As Israel prepared to go into the promised land, Moses looked back at the journey the people of God had been on and how God had been fashioning them into a people who were learning to trust God. After 40 years of wandering, after forty years of going in circles, it was now time for them to take the territory he had set aside for them.
At times we can feel like the Israelites. It can seem like we are in this endless holding pattern and we wonder if God is going to release us to take new territory for him. Yet, even in these times God is active. His goal is not just to get us to the edge of the territory He wants us to take for Him, He is making us into a particular kind of people. Those who know what it is like to rely on Him, obey Him and represent Him as we go forward.
Perhaps take time to ask yourself questions like, what has God been teaching me? Are there areas where I am lacking obedience and trust? Am I ready to move forward when the Lord says it is time to take new territory for Him?