Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Is God Leading You to the Wilderness?
Exodus 13:17-18 (ESV)
I have been working on rebuilding the closet in our master bedroom. I bought a whole bunch of lumber, rods to hang clothes, stuff to make shelves and drawers and put all of it in my living room. Of course, it can't set there forever. Either I begin the project or my wife makes me sleep outside, so I go to the present closet, take all the clothes, blankets, shoes, and just junk and tear out the built-in shelves and rods.
There is no going back now. I putting it all back and taking all the stuff back is just too hard. Redoing the closet is the only thing I can do.
God knew the Israelites would face war. He knew that an easy trip to the Promised Land would make for an easy trip back to Egypt. He wanted to make a people for Himself. He chose these people. He knew He had a lot of work on His hands. He knew what they would do when they faced difficulty. He knew that He needed to make it too hard to go back.
Have you ever thought that God could be leading you in the same way? Could it be that God is leading you into the wilderness because He knows that the difficulties that you will face? Could it be that He is making you into the image of His Son and that means that you will face some hard times?
I think you already know the answers to these questions. God leads us into the wilderness instead of the easy road to make us into a people who resemble His Son. He takes us along a path that makes it difficult to go back to when we were under bondage.
I am not saying that every bad thing that happens comes by the hand of God. I am saying that the path that God takes you to will cause you to cling to the promises that He has for you. You won't want to go back so the only answer is to go forward.
Things always look impossible right after we agree to walk in God's will. They did for the Israelites. They needed to wilderness to prove that God would sustain them. They needed the wilderness to be made stronger. They needed the impossible situations so that could see that nothing is impossible with God.
I always love what the wilderness has done for me as soon as I am no longer in it. Yet, I know that it is necessary and when I enter it again, I call out to God to help me go through it. I just don't want to go back.
Some of you reading this are going through the wilderness right now. You really can't go back. So, call on Him and keep His promises right in front of you.