“The Lord also said, ‘Get up, move out, and cross the Arnon Valley. See, I have handed Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land over to you. Begin to take possession of it; engage him in battle.”
Deuteronomy 2:24 HCSB
God promised the Israelites He was giving them Canaan, but rather than it being a silver spoon in their mouths, taking possession would be more akin to a Tough Mudder challenge, filled with obstacles to overcome. This vast number of people had to pack up their tents and belongings to make the trek across the valley-a steep, rocky river canyon. Once there, they had to engage the Amorites in battle. Because of God’s presence and involvement, the Amorites fell, and the Israelites took possession of the land, but let’s not pretend it was a cinch.
When God gives us a dream and tells us a plan for moving forward, it’s wrong thinking to assume that if it is of God everything will go smoothly and doors will fly open. In reality, chasing after a dream God gives often takes gritty tenacity, unrelenting faith and complete obedience. But He is there, sometimes walking alongside, other times going ahead to clear the way, and often carrying us. Lean in to Him.
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