We fear the Lord and align with His authority. We stay on track because we fear (reverence) Him. We discipline our lives according to His love—doing the right thing, preferring biblical truth, and choosing justice according to His character. In this case fear is a good thing! Hold that thought.

The opposite is seen in Israel’s forty years of wandering. To wander means to pass familiar scenery, again and again and again. Israel let slip their vital connection with the One whose leading is everything and as a result the path through a small geographical area became a long, difficult journey.

For forty years the Israelites were always close to the land they were journeying toward but far away from their promised place of rest. Like Israel, your answer is right in front of you; and, it just may have been there all along. Now you’re back where you started.

This time, align with Him rather than what others say, and certainly not with your flesh demands. The Lord is at work in your life to will and do of His good pleasure. Don’t try to fix God’s image or adjust His power lines. Instead, prefer His Spirit-promptings and prophetically declare:

Today I stop going in circles. I say to mountains that stand in my way, move! I renew my mind with the Word. My mind is washed by the water of God’s Word. No destructive force will succeed against me. I align with His standard raised over me – only blessing, never curse. I bind and stop deceptive thoughts. The night season cannot torment me because I cover my life with the blood of Jesus and release victory into my mind and thoughts. In Jesus’ Name I take the day… evening first, then morning, I take it!

Amen.