A Good Idea

A Good Idea

05 March 2012

Reading: Deuteronomy 1-2; Mark 12


22 But then you all came to me and said, “Let’s send some men on ahead to scout out the land for us and bring back a report on the best route to take and the kinds of towns we can expect to find.” 23 That seemed like a good idea to me, so I picked twelve men, one from each tribe.
(Deuteronomy 1:22-23 MSG)

I love the book of Deuteronomy. It’s like a review of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers in pure story form. Great reading! (Confidentially, after Leviticus and Numbers some pure story is a welcome break!) Here Moses tells the story of the things that took place a generation earlier when Israel first approached the Promised Land and it was time to go in.

They had God’s command to possess the land and God’s promise of success in their endeavor. 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 command and promise and had access to communication with God at an unprecedented level, but when the people suggested and 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. Just do it. Don’t delay with all the “what if’s” and “maybe this and maybe that.” Do it!


Father, I want to be clear on what you want me to do and when you want me to do it. I want to overcome my tendency toward things that seem like a good idea. Please speak to me clearly, instruct me carefully, and help me to be a quickly obedient son. Amen.

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