Deuteronomy 1:45 (NIV)
45 You came back and wept before the Lord, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you.
It’s amazing how the children of Israel were so distrusting of God to lead them. He told them to go into the Promised land - they refused, afraid of what was before them. Then, when He told them not to go up the hill against the Amorites, they rebelled again and were terribly defeated.
Somehow there is such a natural tendency to want to do everything according to our own will, even when it comes to the direction of God. I’m thinking about this with regard to love, and the direction we’re given about it. God says to do specific things as a demonstration of love, and quite often we put that in the category of, “whether or not I really want to at the moment”. Then, again, when we’re told that specific things are not existent in love, to be completely removed from them, we go ahead and move forward anyway, as if the circumstances are above His directives. Then, we wonder why we might not be sensitive to the voice of the Spirit and the wonderful presence of God. It’s a bit challenging to encounter someone you keep moving away from, going in the opposite direction from where they are leading.
There really is a promised destination and it will be in the very presence of the Lord. But, it will be a place we are taken to in direct compliance with His direction regarding love. When He tells us to move forward and where He instructs to never go must have an obedient response if there is to be any expectation of His overwhelming presence. We might find ourselves in other places our own emotions and independence take us that may be gratifying for a season. The space He occupies, however, will be one formed by His love in compliant hearts. It is there that His voice will be heard and His presence felt.