“It takes 11 days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnes by the Mount Sir road.” Deuteronomy 1:2
An 11 day journey, that’s what the Israelite’s had in front of them. It wasn’t a few years, or even a month, it was 11 days. God spoke to me through this verse how close success is for us.
It’s so easy to make the journey to success complicated. On Sunday, I heard a talk about the giants Israel would have to face in order to possess their land and how the fear of the giants and the reality of the difficulty of overcoming was Israel’s downfall.
BUT, what if we never even make it to the Promised Land? I’ve been talking with different friends who know about the process to success. Thing is, the process takes a LOT of work especially as an entrepreneur. It’s very possible to be successful, but there’s a lot of foot work you have to CONSISTENTLY put in.
Once you hit ‘success’, there will still be giants to face. Sometimes success itself is a giant simply because it’s such a huge responsibility and is so intimidating. However, it doesn’t even matter if I don’t even get through the 11 day journey and, instead, end up turning it into the 40 year journey.
What’s Your Goal?
The first question we need to ask is, what is my goal?
Typically we know but we’re either in denial because of fear of failure, or it’s so big we just can’t even see it being real.
“And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites–a land flowing with milk and honey.’ ” Exodus 3:17
God called his people out of slavery to a beautiful place. He called them to their destiny and inheritance. We so often get caught up in what everyone or someone thinks. Our dreams or goals become squashed in opinions or negative situations. I know this happened for me. I was finally getting back on track with one of my dreams when I got some really negative feedback from a friend. Even though their intention wasn’t negative, it was all I needed to slink away from something I know God has called me to. Don’t let someone distract from your vision! I know how hard it is to fight the negativity. Oftentimes, we either instigate or adopt the negativity making it SOOO much harder to break free, but… with God, all things are possible.
Ask for a fixed focus on him. Take your eyes off the goal and the prize. Take your eyes off the ‘mission’ and put them back on the person of Jesus. Perspective is key!
What’s Your Journey?
“As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt?…”
The Israelite’s just saw God move. They saw God, in his love, remove them from the land of slavery. They know what they’re called to, but but now they are trapped in between an army and a great body of water. The situation seems hopeless and it’s going to take even more faith to believe right now.
The First Obstacle isn’t the Killer, it’s the second.
Seeing God move in a miraculous way through one trial on the journey is epic. However, when it’s obstacle after obstacle, it can wear me out. It really does make me question if I’m doing the right thing. I wonder if the Israelites felt like they’d been betrayed? Even though I knew God was faithful, maybe I felt differently.
Even though my situation with business is vastly different than this (I’m not facing a giant army in hot pursuit), I feel like I can relate to the internal struggle. After all, we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but there is a supernatural battle going on (just because it’s true and because I like to be a little dramatic sometimes).
The first obstacle isn’t the killer, it’s the second one. The second, or third, or fourth obstacle which threatens our success and– more importantly, our motivation. Our will to persevere can dwindle in the blink of an eye.
Ask God what his plan looks like. He cares so much more about us than we can imagine. Because of this, he’s often building our character (internal) and our relationship with him and others so we can actually handle the goal (external) when it’s achieved.
Remember, surround yourself with community. Don’t worry about the ‘perfect’ people. God will bring the right people and help you to remove the wrong ones.
Where do you feel you are? What are some tips you use to keep motivated in a slump? Let us know in the comments below!