Deuteronomy 2:13-15 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 2:13 “Yahveh said, ‘Now get up and cross the Zered Valley.’ So we crossed the Zered Valley.
Deuteronomy 2:14 The time we spent traveling from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley was thirty-eight years until the entire generation of fighting men had been finished1 from the camp, as Yahveh had sworn to them.
Deuteronomy 2:15 Indeed, Yahveh’s hand was against them, to eliminate them from the camp until they had all been finished.
God had a reason for the long wait that kept the Israelites out of the promised land. It was a time of punishment for those who had rebelled against his command. It was also a time of preparation for those destined to obey it. No time is wasted in God’s economy, but time can be lost by our own stubborn independence.
Christian, are you in a long wait? Don’t try to determine whether this is a time of punishment or a time for preparation. Assume it is both. Cry out to God for forgiveness. We all know we need it. But also ask him what’s his plan from now on, and start preparing for it.
Lord, forgive us and prepare us!