In Deuteronomy 1:6 the Lord spoke, “…You have dwelt long enough at this mountain.” Verse 8 says, “See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land…” Two questions beg to be asked. What futile circular pattern are you in? What has the Lord told you to possess but you have neglected to do so?
Luke 21:19 says, “By your patience possess your souls.” Patience is the fruit of our faith having been tested. James 1:3-4 says, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” These two verses are speaking about our state.
Here is our standing. Colossians 2:9-10 says, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” That is a perfect statement of our unchangeable position in Jesus. It is through our progressive sanctification that He works on our state. Hebrews 13:20 says, “Make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
His righteousness is a gift to conform us to His will in our thoughts, purpose, and actions. It is essential to remember that our righteousness, according to Isaiah 64:6, is as filthy rags. He is working His righteousness into our soul, like a potter works water into dry clay. Isaiah 32:17 says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”
What gets in the way of this work? Our flesh! Our flesh keeps us circling the mountain. It blocks us in every way possible. Unless. Unless we are dwelling in His word, and allowing it to do the work that He desires. Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it…” Observe means to look closely to catch every nuance of truth.
Liken it to watching a tide pool. I used to sit for hours and watch tide pools because they were so fascinating. I had to be absolutely still to see the life within the tide pool in action. What keeps you from deep diving into His word? I love Psalm 25:14 in the Amplified. It says, “The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its (deep, inner) meaning.”
We are called to move beyond the things that bind us. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” It is through our trials that we grow in our knowledge of the Lord. Trials have a way of removing the dross of superfluous activity, and causing us to refocus to prioritize.
Matthew 6:37 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” Our priority is to deepen our relationship with the Lord by abiding in Him. He calls us to dwell in the unchangeable standing of His fullness. Psalm 36:8 says, “They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.” As the potter works water into the clay, the Lord uses the water of His word to work His character in us.