Even if this year does not have a leap year day, you will not want to miss reading this blessing. The time had come! Years of wandering in the wilderness were over and God told Moses to tell all the Israelites to go and take possession of the land that He promised to them. The promise that God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was about to become reality! The land was right before them. Moses continued, “May the LORD, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!” Moses appointed leaders and encouraged the group not to be afraid but to trust God and take the land.
This is exciting! This is what everyone had been waiting for! Yet, even with years of faithfulness shown to them by a holy God, most of the assembly rebelled against the Lord, rather than obeyed Him. This was a shocker to me. Why didn’t they take those final steps to victory? But are we any different? How do we respond to God’s blessings? When things look a bit scary do we leap forward in obedience or go the way of rebellion?