Deuteronomy 8:14-16, NKJV “…God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness…that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end”
The life of every believer can be modeled by the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, through the wilderness to be taken to the land of Canaan. We see this in Colossians 1:13 which reveals that through salvation we were redeemed from the bondage of darkness to be translated to the kingdom of light. The wilderness is typified by inactivity, stagnation and a life with just enough to keep up. Israel recognized that the land of Canaan existed and it was the best land, yet they seemed to be stuck in the wilderness. Though they were out of bondage, they were not yet ready for the Promised Land.
Israel’s journey through the wilderness was not just a random walk in the middle of nowhere, God had a purpose. He told Moses in Exodus 13:17 why: “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt”. God used the wilderness experience to train Israel for Canaan. He revealed Himself to them (Deut.6:4). He revealed their need for Him (Deut.8:4). He taught them complete dependency on Him (Exo.16:4, Deut.8:3-4). He showed them strategies by which they will take on Canaan and occupy (Deut.7:1-9). Each day in the wilderness was a test of their obedience to God’s instruction. Despite all their experiences in the wilderness, the ultimate test was the test of their attitude. They failed to trust God wholeheartedly, instead they murmured and complained!
There may be a situation you are faced with which typifies seems like a wilderness. As you wait on God for your desired manifestation, rather than get frustrated and slip into murmuring, humble yourself before God. Allow Him to reveal Himself and His nature of love to you. In the midst of your situation, practice taking on each day by faith. Develop yourself in complete dependency on God by believing on His word for every “little thing”. Develop resilience against difficulties and learn to love God for who He is to you.
Praise Him and rejoice because despite all that you may be going through currently, His presence is still with you!
Scriptures to Meditate: Job 13:15, Jer.17:7-8, Ps.25:4; 27:13, Isa.48:21, 1 Thess.5:18
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