These days, it seems people all over the country are on quests. The quests are for all different kinds of reasons and nobody seems to agree.
I went looking for the meaning of “quest.” Webster’s Dictionary calls it a “journey in pursuit of a lofty goal.” I looked a little further at lofty, which listed “very high, elevated, noble, haughty, arrogant.”
I have always thought of “quest” as noble. A hero does something grand, rescues others from floods, fires, or worse. We all want to be like the hero.
A quest usually has to do with a journey. A person has lost hope and sets out to find it. Something was lost and it must be found.
Take the Land
Centuries ago, Joshua and the Israelites faced their quest; a direct order from God. They faced a journey. They needed hope.
“Take the Land. Do not fear. Do not dismay. I will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua and his people had the Commandments of God. They had seen miracles. Yet some still feared. They kept forgetting that they didn’t control the land. God did.
God told them not to shirk, but to step out boldly and move forward. Even though giants lived in the land. So, they set out in obedience to do the will of God.
But what if it’s about more than obedience?
We see giants in our land. The task to retake the land is too great for us. We need someone greater than ourselves to go before us and follow us.
We need a roadmap. Commandments to show us how to be in tune with our Commander. A way to allow Him to purify us for the task.
It takes relationship and dependence on the One who knows the way. Just as the closeness of the closest of friends know what the other is thinking, we need to know the Words from our Lord and let them settle in our hearts.
We act together in sync, like the military steps in a parade. We follow Him.
Then, we are confident in His leadership, though His face is set like flint to win the battle.