After forty years in the desert, Moses let the Israelites know that God had said, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites….I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers…. And to their descendants after them.” Deut. 1: 6-8Like the Israelites, God has given us promises that He is waiting to fulfill. But sometimes it feels like we keep circling the same path over and over again. We face obstacles or things get difficult and we fall back into the same patterns and consequently never get anywhere. We keep wandering in the wilderness that we have created for ourselves.I’m preaching to the choir here! So often I lose steam and forget where I want to go and what I’m called to do. I get stuck in the muddiness of every day life responsibilities and obligations. I stay doing what others expect of me instead of forging ahead with the dream God has placed on my heart.He brought the Israelites out of Egypt to take them to the Promised Land. It took longer than anyone thought it should. There was lots of grumbling and complaining and lessons of obedience to learn. But God didn’t bring them out of Egypt to leave them in the wilderness. He brought them out to bring them in.
He brought them out to bring them in.
It’s time to get serious. You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Let’s break it down and set some SMART goals.
- SPECIFIC. What is your goal? Your dream? Let’s be specific. Know what exactly you are trying to achieve. Write it down.
- MEASURABLE. Make yourself accountable by setting up small goals and benchmarks to help you stay on track.
- ATTAINABLE. See yourself as worthy to attain these goals and you will move closer to achieving them. By making small goals and achieving them, you move forward toward the larger goals.
- REALISTIC. Ask yourself if you have the willingness and ability to do the work needed to achieve your goals.
- TIMELY. Set a realistic timetable to achieve your goals. Again, write it down so you can chart your progress toward your goal.
One last thing, something that I think is very important to helping your achieve your goals. Tell someone! Have an accountability person, a friend or a life coach, that walks beside you, helping you stay motivated and maneuvering the obstacles. “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17
It’s time to leave the wilderness and get off the mountain. Your life has purpose and dreams to fulfill for God’s glory.
What is one thing you can commit to doing to move you closer to your “Land of Promise?”