Break Camp and Advance
The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites … ” (Deuteronomy 1:6, 7a NIV).
Achievers for God don’t sit still for ever. They press forward. They do not make victories an occasion for rest. But they make it their base where they plan to move forward. Others, who like to enjoy their rest miss God’s biggest plans for their lives. They fail to see that God has marked out the Christian’s race to be one of progress; not of standing still. You can be sure that God gives seasons of refreshing and rest. But then soon you will hear His voice saying: “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.” Are you hearing that voice today?
You might also note that Horeb represented the Presence of God. It might seem good to you to be near the mountain where God’s presence is seen. But God does not wish to make it a permanent camp for you. He tells you to break camp and advance. His Presence will still go with you. Do not love too much the security of resting quietly in God’s presence. He is stirring your cozy nest like an eagle stirs the nest where its young ones are. His command is to break camp.
But then breaking camp is for a purpose. It is to cause you to advance. God has already planned for you. But you need to go ahead and take possession what He has kept for you. You need to look forward. You need to take one step at a time. His guidance will of course be there. But unless you move His guidance will not come. To advance means to leave behind your place of rest. It means a lot of struggle too.
That truth has also been mentioned here. They were asked to advance into the hill country of the Amorites and other neighboring peoples. That meant that they had a tough terrain to conquer. It was the hill country. It meant hard work. Then they had to fight the enemies. That meant battle. So advancing meant conquering rough country as well as ruthless enemies. Not an easy job at all.
But God’s command is still the same. You have stayed long enough here. Now break camp and advance!