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THE WILDERNESS - REMEMBERING THE PROMISED LAND


THE WILDERNESS

REMEMBERING THE PROMISED LAND


Have you ever found yourself in a dry, empty place and you aren't sure how you got there?

Are you there right now?

Are you in a place that you walked into, thinking it would be a short journey, yet, here you are, wandering around in circles - your monotonous footsteps echoing with each step?

Has someone left you - abandoning you to the wilderness - on a journey you weren't prepared for? You're traveling a distance you do not know, with weariness wearing you down and the wind blowing against you.

Where are you?

If you aren't there now, you have been there. If you haven't been there, you will be.

You will eventually find yourself on one of many wilderness quests.



The Israelites found themselves in the wilderness. God broke them out of bondage, split the sea, drowned their enemies and told them what was laying on the other side of the desert. They set their feet to follow Moses, who was following the Lord, but they tripped over themselves, not knowing what it was to live outside of captivity.

Before the wilderness, they were a people forced to make their own way and each day was the same predictable routine. In the wilderness, they were asked to rely completely on God and they did not know on what day their journey would end.

After encountering fear, they lost faith. They encountered temptations, fought them and lost. They gave in to them, in attempts to create something that they could see rather than hanging onto a faith that is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.


Why do we fail in the spiritual wilderness?


One of the biggest reasons that we fail in the spiritual wilderness is because of FEAR. Fear and lack of faith. Another big reason we come to a stall is that we do not follow the instructions of God.


The Israelites stayed far longer in the desert wilderness than they had to.

Why?

  • FEAR: Numbers 13:30-31, "Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, 'Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.' But the men who had gone up with him said, 'We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.'”

  • LACK of FAITH: Deut 1:32, "Yet, for all that, you did not believe the Lord your God."

  • STUBBORNNESS and DISOBEDIENCE: Exodus 32:9-10, "And the Lord said to Moses, 'I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them.'"



"You have stayed long enough at this mountain.

Break camp and advance."


Deuteronomy 1:6-8, "The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, 'You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”


If you don't step into the blessing that God has for you - someone else will.


The book of Deuteronomy is an account of Moses facing a new generation of Israelites. They hadn't seen the miracle of the water being parted and Pharoah's soldiers and horses drowning. They hadn't experienced the slavery of Egypt the way the previous generations had. Yet, they were on the verge of stepping into a Promised Land. Moses recounts their history to them from Abraham through Egypt and to the present wilderness.

Deuteronomy emphasizes the covenant between God and His people. The Israelites are reminded of the commandments, and they are told of their future. The book of Deuteronomy is also the book from which Jesus drew all 3 of His responses in the wilderness as He was tempted.

Many times, this fresh generation was told to not be afraid because God had done great things in the past and intends to shield them in the future - God has brought them out and set their feet on a path of promise.

It is the guidance that they need to move on.

It is the instruction that they need to solidify their fortitude.

Our relationship with fear directly affects our level of commitment and our resolve to press on.

The new generation of Israelites needed the reminder that, if they follow God, they would be protected, blessed and make it through the desert place.




God isn't a cruel God.

He wants to see you get through the wilderness. He wants to see you stop wandering around. He provides for you even when you are complaining. He guides you even when you repeatedly choose to be obstinate.


Remember where your manna comes from.


Your God is Jehovah Jireh. He is the God Who sees and the God Who provides.

He is Elohim - God the Creator. He is Jehovah Rapha - the God Who Heals.

He is Jehovah Shalom - God, our Peace. He is Abba - our loving Father.

He is Jehovah Rohi - our guiding Shepherd. He is Jehovah Nissi - our Banner.


Your manna comes from a God Who longs to see you serve Him and walk after Him, trusting Him for the many promises that He has in store for you.

But don't think that He won't keep you longer in the wilderness if you need it.

He loves you. Your omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient God has plans for you. But, most times, you have to walk through the wilderness to get there.




The wilderness isn't meant to be permanent.

It bridges you between what was holding you back

and what God has in store for you.

It bridges bondage and freedom.


Whether you have just recognized that you are in a wilderness or whether you have been walking through it, searching for a way out, for a long time - understand that you are not the first one to experience the journey. Know that you are not alone. In fact, God is not only with you, but is trying to guide you. Remember the promises that God has in store for those who trust in Him. He has so much planned for you.



Trust the One Who created the desert.

Sarah Jane

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annetteziesch
27 nov 2023

The wilderness is confusion at its best. I am personally grateful for the loving hand of God to protect and guide me thru my past wilderness. I didn’t see or feel Him while I was in the thick of it yet looking back I see His guidance and mercy all over those empty years searching.

God is now using my “wilderness lessons” to help others thru theres. ♥️

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sjwright2worship
27 nov 2023
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Yes He is!

"Confusion at its best" - TRUTH!

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