Numbers 14:1-9 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord , neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.
When the wilderness we find ourselves in on this Christian journey seems to get to hard and/or to long we often have thoughts of going back to the old us that we once thought was easy. There was never anything easy or good about who we are before we come into the knowledge of Christ. We were slaves to sin and for a moment we forget what the old life was like.
The children of Israel forgot what their bondage was like when they were once slaves to Pharaoh when they took the forty year journey to freedom. They complained that the trip was to hard and spoke of turning back and thinking that life as a slave was better that the journey they now found themselves on. They had forgotten who their God was and what He was doing in their lives. And had they just trusted God, what took them forty years could have only taken them eleven days.We must go through the wilderness to get to the freedom that makes us strong enough to defeat the enemy who come against us. Click To Tweet
Such is how we often find ourselves. And instead of seeing how God is building us and making us stronger for what lies ahead, we fall into the temptation of wanting to turn back to our mess. Why? Because the enemy makes it seem as though life was easier back there.
Don’t fall for it my friend. Jesus died so that we could walk into the freedom and the fullness to live in every promise he has for us. And this wilderness journey He has us on is a strength building journey. One that will give us the strength to fight the enemy that is persistently pursuing us to destroy us and take us back into bondage and sin.
Don’t let an eleven day journey take you forty years and then on top of that you never get to enter the promises of God for your life.
Originally posted on May 14, 2018 @ 9:01 AM