Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 2

Key Verse: Moses continued, “Then the LORD said, ‘Now get moving! Cross the Arnon Gorge. Look, I will hand over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and I will give you his land. Attack him and begin to occupy the land. – Deuteronomy 2:24

God begins Deuteronomy 2 saying, “You have been wandering around long enough.” It is time for His people to face the king of Heshbon. God’s instructions to Moses are clear: Now get moving. Cross the river. Attack King Sihon and begin to occupy the land.

Moses however, rather than attacking the enemy, sends a messenger to attempt to negotiate an offer of compromise to keep the peace. Instead of fighting he preferred to sit down around the negotiating table and strike up a deal  with the enemy (see verses 26-29). God’s call was to fight the enemy, but Moses thought he had a better idea and to avoid confrontation altogether.

Moses chose convenient disobedience over God’s promise of victory and freedom. We must stop trying to compromise with the enemy. How long are we prepared to settle for less than the sure and enduring freedom God longs for us to experiences? God does not just want us to be conquerors; He wants us to be more than conquerors (See Romans 8:31-39).

What battles are you avoiding yet seem to keep appearing in your life? A harsh tongue, greed, gossip or envy. Each one of us, has battles we need to face. God wants us to enjoy the true, lasting and enduring freedom that only He can give. Instead of compromising with the enemy, trust God to grant the victory He has promised.

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