A Good Idea

A Good Idea

05 March 2009


22 “But you responded, ‘First, let’s send out scouts to explore the land for us. They will advise us on the best route to take and decide which towns we should capture.’ 23 This seemed like a good idea to me, so I chose twelve scouts, one from each of your tribes." (Deuteronomy 1:22-23 NLT)


I love the book of Deuteronomy. It’s like a review of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers in pure story form. Great reading!

Here Moses tells the story of a generation earlier when Israel first prepared to enter the Promised Land. They had God’s presence in the cloud and fire guiding them. They had God’s promise of success. But the people said, “Let’s send in some spies to check it out before we cross the Jordan and really commit to this.” Here’s Moses’ confession: “It seemed like a good idea to me!”

Moses had God’s direction and promise and had access to communication with God at an unprecedented level, but when the people suggested an alternative, “It seemed like a good idea at the time!”


I am so susceptible to things that “seem like a good idea at the time.” Once it is clear what God has said to do and when he has said to do it, I need to simply obey. Don’t delay with all the “what if’s” and “maybe this and maybe that.” Just do it!


Father, I want to overcome my tendency toward things that seem like a good idea. Help me simply be clear on what you want me to do and when you want me to do it. Help me to be a quickly obedient son who doesn’t get sidetracked by things that seem to be a good idea at the time. Amen.

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