We find ourselves in difficult situations that we may want to get out of or around like the children of Israel. When they didn’t have water in the wilderness they complained, then they complained about no meat, no bread, no fruit, no luxury…no this or that until God just provided them with manna and quail.
At times we take how God provides for granted saying that it is His responsibility to do so. I used to until I realised that yes it is His responsibility but He has a choice to take care or not.
Case in point is in the desert. He could have wiped out the Isrealites but two things held Him back;
- His promise to Abraham that his descendants would be a great nation and God’s representatives for life.
- Moses… Moses reminded God of His word and asked for favour for the people.
The wilderness was indeed the first place God took the Isrealites after captivity because of what it represented. It represents a place of:
- Breaking free from patterns and behaviour that will not be beneficial on the path ahead.
- Meeting, learning about and connecting with God. Their time in Egypt had dimmed their understanding of God and they needed to be weaned of the things of Egypt
- Death – this was the removal of anything that would stand in the way of their obedience to God. Sadly for this time it included whole generations
- Divine provision and preparation – this was the place where God would showcase His love and concern for His people. As proof of who He was and what He could do God gave the people manna, the food of angels with specific instructions how to use and store. _Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full. Psalms 78:25 NKJV_.
- Training – It is here that Joshua and Caleb were trained to lead and the people saw what God can do
With all these things in mind, shouldn’t the wilderness be something we embrace and even desire?
Granted it isn’t always easy to stay put but it ultimately produces good. Don’t look at me like that… Just read on ?
It is a place of choosing between life and death, past and future, destiny and stagnation. Wouldn’t you rather choose life? It’s really like the health choices we make. I can choose to follow the traditional thinking that a married woman should be fat to show she is well cared for or I can choose to pursue and remain at the picture of health God has painted for me.
It’s really a personal choice whether I’ll pursue God or the things that are easier to attain like just staying as is, eating how I want and never leaving the bench. It’s all about choice. I remember my dealings with coach where he only asks questions and then demands that I be honest with myself.
Self honesty is most difficult at the start but in time you learn it’s the greatest asset you have.
A few weeks ago, my mentor really brought it home for me. We were chatting about my next steps and how I’d got there and what I see ahead when she said, ‘I am seeing so many possibilities and yet this is something you must see yourself.’
What was she seeing and how come I couldn’t see it? I asked myself. The sense of wonder reminded me of a conversation with a friend where I told him the same thing and couldn’t understand why he was left feeling so driven. In fact his question was one I asked myself, “Makes me wonder what He keeps showing you but won’t show me ?.”
Since I know God is just and He responds when we call I have decided to press in and ask what He sees ahead. Why ask Him? Well, it’s rather simple. If I can’t see it but He has shown someone else as they ask Him to prevail on my behalf surely He will reveal all the matters concerning me.
There are people and nations tied to my full connection to His reality so its not an option whether or not I must arise into the fullness He sees.
So I head back to the place He calls me His beloved and wait on Him to show me the full expression of His love and how His life becomes the fuel for mine.