A little encouragement for endurance and praise for the journey.
Deuteronomy 1:2-3 “Now it is ordinarily an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by way of Mount Seir. However, it was not until the first day of the eleventh month of the fortieth year that Moses addressed the Israelites just as the Lord had instructed him to do.”
Read that again. It is ordinarily an 11 DAY journey and it wasn’t until the 11th MONTH of the 40th YEAR that the people made it out of the desert or wilderness. Imagine going to the supermarket on a 15-minute trip from the house and arriving 2 WEEKS later. The Israelites wandered around the desert for approximately 14,579 days for a journey that usually takes 11.
I have two thoughts on this. 1. How many times do we try to lead ourselves through the wilderness and think we know the way out? 2. What will it take for us to finally trust God?
I find myself in this position over and over again. For me, it’s even when I have many guideposts of HIS faithfulness in my life. If I just TRUST Him, I know that He is faithful. It is my utter unfaithfulness that leads me into the situation. How many more laps are we going to take around the desert? When will we start following and stop wallowing? Perhaps God must lead us through trying times in order for us to understand completely that we must trust Him alone.
However, if you are going through the desert, remember that God sustained the Israelites with all that they needed. Deuteronomy 2:7 says, “All along the way I, the Lord your God, have blessed your effort. I have been attentive to your travels through this great wilderness. These 40 years I have been with you; you have lacked nothing.” God sustains us in trying times. Though the journey seems difficult, yet will our God provide.
My prayer for you and for myself is that God may wash away our unfaithfulness and allow us to put on Christ’s faithfulness. May He sustain us in the desert and may He lead us out of whatever the wilderness is that we are in and into the Promised Land.
To God be the Glory
To God be the glory, great things he hath done:
so loved he the world that he gave us his son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done.
2 Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to ev’ry believer the promise of God.
The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. [Refrain]
3 Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son,
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. [Refrain]