While on the eastern side of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound the law saying: The Lord your God said to us at Horeb.
“You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break the camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites. Go to all the country of the Amorites: go to all the neighboring people in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and Lebanon, as far as the great river, Euphrates see, I have given you the land. Go in and take the Land. Go in and take possession of the Land that the Lord sore he would give to your fathers –to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob- and to their descendants after them.” (Deuteronomy 1: 6-8)
The Israelite had overstayed at Mt. Horeb. (Sinai). Their destination from Egypt was to settle in the Promised Land the Lord had promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob long ago. (Gen. 15:18-21, 26:2-4, 35:10-12). From the foot hill of Mount Horeb, It would have taken the Israelite eleven days to reach the land of the promise. But because of unbeliever and disobedience it took them forty years. For forty years they wondered in the desert around mount Horeb. It took the Lord to remind them through Moses that they had stayed long enough at that mountain.
Let what you have achieved for your family, in your career, in your church, in your ministry and as an individual be a spring board to propel you forward to what you could be. Do not overstay at that Mountain. Break the camp and advance. Always remember the best is ahead. Someone said that the enemy of best is good. You may have done good in many area’s of your life but always remember that best is always ahead of you to attain.
Many people in the world today fail in managing their last achievements. Without being aware they burry their talents, their enthusiasm, their passion, their determination, their gifts and their drive in the grave yard of the last achievements.
Time had come for them to BREAK THE CAMP AND AVANCE. It was time for the Israelites to prepare and take the journey. It was time to advance, time to possess to the land of the promise.
In the Forty years of wondering in the desert the Israelite had lost the drive, their passion, their Enthusiasm, their excitement, their focus and the sense of their destination. They had reached a comfort zone and they did not want to disturb the status quall. They were comfortable in that state of sin of disobedience and unbelief. They were contented with minor achievements.
Human beings have the natural tendency of rejecting change. All of us want to stay in our comfort zone. The comfort zone is full of people I will call ‘jokers in life’ these are very dangerous people. They will work very hard to discourage you. They will use all tactics to kill your passion, dream and purpose in life. They will use sarcasm, discouragement and tactfully waste your time. They will work very hard to kill your dream and aim at ensuring that you do not move or advance from your comfort zone.
I may not know where you are stack. I do not known what your comfort zones you are. It is time to break the camp and make advancement. Break that camp and advance. One of the greatest writers and poet said. “Twenty years from now, you will move disappointed by the things that you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore, dream discover”. (Mark Twin 1835-1910)
The Almighty God has given us a dream and purpose in life. Each one of us is in this world is there for a mission. Find, discover you purpose. You are not alive today for the sake of it. There is something the Lord has destined you to do and accomplish. You have the potential and capacity to accomplish your mission in this world. It does not matter the age, the skill, the education and whatever reason you may want to give.
After the death of Moses Joshua took over the leadership of the Israelites. He was very successful in leading the conquest into the Promised Land.
At time came and he grew old and he was ready to join his maker. The Lord visited him at the comfort of his age and had a message for him.
Now Joshua was old , advanced in years. And the Lord said to him “You are old and advanced in years and there remains very much land yet to be processed. This is the land that yet remains; all the territory of the Philistines and all that of the Geshurites as far as the border of Ekron. Northward (which is counted as Canaanites) the five Lords of the Philistines- the Gazites, the Ashdodites and also Ashkelonites,the Gittite,the Ekronites and alsothe Avite ———”( Joshua 13:1-3 )
The man of God Joshua had settled in the comfort zone of old age. No doubt he had made some achievements for the nation of Israel. He led in the settlement of the children of God in the land of the promise. He had made great achievement and may be in his mind he convinced himself that his time was up.
The Lord knew that Joshua had a great potential and that is why he confronted him with a message that there is more land to possess. There is more land to conquer. When the Lord gives us a mission, task or dream age is not a limiting factor.
Sarah was so comfortable at the comfort zone of past menopause. The angle of the Lord brought a message to her that she will bear a son and she will be the mother of a great nation.
Someone said that what lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tinny matter compared with what lies within us. What is within us is greater than what we have already achieved and all that in our strategic plan to achieve.
The word of God exhorts us not to dwell on the things of long ago; for behold the Lord will do a new thing. He is always ready to give us new dreams and new visions.
Those of us who trust in the Lord should not live by the Script added over to us by other people. A time comes in the life of an individual to retreat and rescript himself or herself. We should not be actors of scripts added over to us by our culture, environment and conventional wisdom or by friends. We have to break those camps and advance. The conventional wisdom teaches us that when you are old you go slow, but does not tell us that old age comes with great experience, skill and knowledge. The folly of the conventional wisdom.
I have been amazed by what have observed from some of my friends in Kenya. After retiring from their first job at an age of 55 years; they have proceeded to the university to do their masters and doctorate degrees. Then they get a new job and life start all over again for them.
What is achieved should not be confused with what we can do. Those of us who have been working in KCK as sponsors and have contributed immensely to keep the ministry running for the last sixteen years; let us not be weary, let not allow burn out, for there is more land to conquer. There are more children to rescue, we have more experience than before, we have great experience and the Lord can and will use the knowledge, the wisdom and the skills we have acquired with time to propel us to the next level. Let us break the camp of worry about the future and advance in Faith and trust in our God.
The Lord has placed us in a position of not only changing one own lives but also the lives of our generation and contemporaries.
The power God keeps away fear from and within us. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Sometimes we live in comfort zone because we do not know what we stand for. But when we know the calling, the mission and our purpose in this life we will break the camp in the name of Jesus and move to fulfilling that purpose and dream the Lord has put in us.
The late Dr. Myles Munroe once quoted John mason when he said that the most tragic thing in life is not poverty or death; but it is life lived without a vision or purpose.
He further said that majority of people in the world have negotiated an agreement with mediocrity; a region bordered on the north by indecision, on the east by past thinking on the west by lack of vision.
It is time to break the camp of the comfort zone of making covenant with mediocrity. That is a dangerous camp, let us not live what society has added over to us; our is a higher calling by God, our little achievements should not be mistaken for our destiny. Let us break those camps for there is more land to process. Amen