The guidance of God overwhelms me. The fact that He carries us from place to place and He is in control of all of our circumstances is infinitely impossible for me to wrap my feeble mind around.
In Deuteronomy 1 and 2, Moses is doing a recap of their past journeys. To see the journey unfolding through his words is quite something. The back and forth of their faith and whishy-washy obedience is a sad sight to behold. But, on the other hand is God’s faithfulness. His word is always fulfilled. No matter the stumbling, staggering and tripping that the Israelites do, God always guided them, protecting them and going before them.
God gave them clear instructions and yet they still ignored him. I fear that this is a reflection of my own heart. I am one of strong conviction and I still choose to ignore the nudging from the Holy Spirit on some things. “Eh, I’ll watch this movie, it can’t be that bad…Ha, I’ll laugh at this joke because what difference is it going to make… Meh, I’ll respond in this way because I will feel better, I can apologize later…”
Sound familiar? But in the midst of my stubborn, selfish ways, God is still guiding my steps. Even when I choose to make the wrong choice or when something bad happens in life, we need to keep our focus on Him.
In our New Testament reading today, the part that totally stuck out to me was this:
“And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.” -Mark 11:13-14
This passage seems so out of place for the Bible, but after I thought more about it I began thinking about seasons. My husband lost his job just before Christmas and over the last couple of months we were in a season of total reliance on God’s provision. While Jesus wasn’t cursing the tree out of anger, hatred or revenge, He just knew that it wasn’t the right season for the tree. It wasn’t right for the tree to produce fruit.