Deuteronomy 1:44

"The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah." NIV translation

The Israelites tried to take the land but were soundly defeated by the Amorites just as God had said. In the same way, we can try to walk in this world on our own but we can expect the same result as Israel had. It is arrogant of us to think that we can do anything on our own. We must be humble enough to admit that we need the Lord's guidance for all things.

Deuteronomy 1:45 & 46

"You came back and wept before the Lord, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you. And so you stayed in Kadesh many days - all the time you spent there." NIV translation

The Israelites wept before the Lord but still did not want to humble themselves enough to accept the words of God. The first step to being right with God is a repentance which is acknowledging that you are headed in the wrong direction. 

Deuteronomy Chapter One Study Quiz