Seize the Moment – Day 617


The Right Place at the Right Time!

Deuteronomy 1


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, November 24.


When I teach people conflict resolution skills, I highlight the importance of saying the right thing at the right time and in the right place. Location and timing are key!


Deuteronomy is the last of the five Books of Moses. It means “second giving” and is composed primarily of the final sermons of Moses, which he gave to the new generation on the eve of their entrance into the Promised Land.


Moses wanted to ensure that the young people who would enter the Promised Land were not ignorant of God and His ways, so, at 120 years old, he passionately recounted the story of Israel and gave them, for the second time, the Law of God.


Deuteronomy 1:1-5 begins the book with a key phrase, “These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness … In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the children of Israel, according to all that the Lord had commanded him to give to them …”


And the people listened attentively to Moses’ words because they were facing the task that their fathers had forsaken forty years prior. This moment had loomed over them their entire lives!


This was the right place and the right time for Moses to confront them with what lay before them. In verse 37, Moses grieved that he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land with them: “The Lord was angry with me also on your account, saying, ‘Not even you shall enter there.’”


This was his last chance—the right time and the right place—for Moses to fulfill God’s call to the people he faithfully, though not perfectly, led for over forty years. He gave them his heart, yet again!


Seize the moment and pray about the right place and right time for you to communicate what is important to you to the people in your life!


God bless your day!
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