Deuteronomy 3:1-3 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 3:1 “Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan, and King Og of Bashan came out against us with his whole army to do battle at Edrei.
Deuteronomy 3:2 But Yahveh said to me, ‘Do not be afraid of him, because I have handed him over to you along with his whole army and his land. Do to him as you did to King Sihon of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon.’
Deuteronomy 3:3 So Yahveh our God also handed over King Og of Bashan and his whole army to us. We struck him until there was no survivor left.
success without settling
The Israelites had just won a major victory and were in possession of considerable land. Some might have been tempted to stay and settle and solidify their holdings. But that is not what happened. They turned and went up the road to Bashan – right in the face of another king with a formidable army.
Our mission today as disciples of Christ is not to gain territory but to rescue people from slavery to sin. We cannot afford to settle for success in only one place. We have to keep moving, keep preaching the gospel, keep making disciples.
Lord, give us the tenacity of warriors who succeed without settling.