Here are the stages in the journey…”  [Numbers 33:1]

For a number of years in many places water has been rationed as rain refused to fall and the lakes dip low.  Now suddenly the skies are open, the earth weeps and the trees topple as roots dislodge from sodden ground.  There is water enough for everything and growth comes in abundance.

We often speak of ‘the keys’ of life, of hope, of increase.  Jesus spoke of ‘the keys of the kingdom’, and gave them to all those willing to open the doorway to the life of faith.   But once beginning this journey of faith Moses teaches us there are ‘stages’ – simple basic steps that become cycles of life and keys to unlock hope and increase.

Having delivered His people out of Egypt, God’s people had to participate with God and ”…set-out…”.   That is they had to take the first step.   The NKJ calls it starting points.  “Now Moses wrote down the starting points of their journeys…”  [Numbers 33:2 NKJ].   To go backward you need only to stay in the same place.  The past will wrap its arms around, overwhelm you and steal your hope for the future!  God’s people had to be reminded of the stages over and over again.  At the Red Sea they were told to – move on.  In the wilderness, they were told to keep going and in Paul’s writing it’s called ‘pressing on’.

It is said that the hardest step to take is the first step.  It comes day by day, project by project or task by task.  Dream by dream life offers us a fresh ‘starting point’ repeatedly, over and over again.  Don’t hold back this morning take the first step.  Like a magnet life responds to life, the way will open up before you, hope and increase will flourish again, and like the children of Israel you will say, ”The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy”. [Psalm 126:3]

Reading:  Numbers 33:1-2, Psalm 126, Philippians 3: 12-15