In the fortieth year after Moses defeated Sihon of Amorites and Og king of Bashan, he explained the law. Israel was supposed to go to the Amorites and Canaanites as far as Euphrates and possess land that the Lord swore to Abraham and their descendants. Moses said he was not able to bear the burden of a multitude of people by himself. God would bless him as He promised by choosing wise, discerning and experienced men from his tribes. They were appointed to be heads over him as leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties and of tens, and officers for his tribes (Deut. 1:1-15). Choose wise, discerning and experienced men who share the load of ministry.
God charged the judges to hear cases and judge righteously without partiality between men, fellow countryman or alien. They were not to fear man since judgment was God’s. Any difficult case was brought to God to hear. He commanded all things they should do (Deut. 1:16-18). Listen to God’s impartial judgment to decide difficult issues.
At Kadesh Barnea, God told them to go up and take the land without fear or discouragement. They sent out 12 spies saying it was a good land that God was giving them. The people were unwilling to go up, but rebelled against God’s command and grumbled. They said the Lord brought them out of Egypt for destruction because God hated them. People were bigger and taller, while the cities were large and fortified. The Lord said not to fear as He went before them to fight on their behalf just as He did in Egypt before their eyes. Only Caleb and Joshua trusted God because they followed the Lord fully. Everyone else acted presumptuously. As a result, the Amorites crushed them as the Lord did not listen to their prayers (Deut. 1:19-46). Trust the Lord fully who fights for you and do not fear obstacles.
The Lord commanded the people to pass through the territory of Esau’s and Lot’s sons. They must be careful not to provoke them as He gave Mt. Seir to Esau as a possession. They were to buy food and water from them. The Lord blessed them in all they did through 40 years in the wilderness not lacking anything (Deut. 2:1-7). Follow God’s direction as He provides every need.
They passed through Seir where descendants of Esau lived. The Lord told them to not provoke the Moabites to war since God would not give them any part of their land. After they left Kadesh Barnea, 38 years passed until that generation of fighting men perished since the Lord was against them. They were not to provoke the Ammonites to war since God gave the land to the descendants of Lot. God told them to defeat Sihon the Amorite and take possession of their land by engaging in battle. He put fear upon every nation as they trembled because of them (Deut. 2:8-25). Embrace your mission in life confidently because God defeats evil powers.
Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let them pass through their land for the Lord hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate. The Lord delivered him over to them so they captured all his cities and completely destroyed everyone. Not one city was too strong for them. According to the Lord’s command, they did not encroach on any of the Ammonites’ land (Deut. 2:26-37). Enter into your unique destiny relying on God's victory, but do not covet others' ministry.
To accomplish your ministry and destiny, ask God daily to give you partners, guidance, power, provision, confidence and victory.