Tag Archive | wandering in the wilderness

Deuteronomy 2: 2-3 ” Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have made your way around this hill country long enough…”

As Believers, we will all go through seasons of “wandering in the desert.”  Sometimes, it’s because of our own stubborn disobedience…sometimes, it’s because we are not yet prepared for the next step God has for us.  But regardless, there are two things to remember.  First, God has been with us faithfully during our wanderings, for in Deuteronomy 2:7 God says, “The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands.  He has watched over your journey through this vast desert.  These 40 years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.”  The other is that there will come a time when God will say, “It’s been long enough…time to move on.”

Ezekiel 13:10-11 ” Because they lead My people astray, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with white wash, therefore tell those who cover it with white wash that it is going to fall.”

The Old Testament prophets warned the people of those who would come telling them what they wanted to hear, and not always the whole truth. They led the people astray with deception and lies, by making excuses, and hiding or muddling the facts.   The world hasn’t changed much –  in that we call it spinning the truth now a days.  Any story can be spun to the negative or to the positive, depending on the audience listening.  The truth can be covered over by differing points of view or even the interpretation of the reporter.  Sadly, we have become  accustomed to having the truth distorted in some way to make it more palatable to the masses…and in doing so, the world wanders farther and farther from God.

Hebrews 3:19 ” So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.”

Moses led the Hebrew Children out of Egypt…but none of them ever saw the Promised Land due to their unbelief.  Instead, they wandered in the desert for 40 years…going around and around the same mountain.  Doubt and unbelief wastes time.  God tells us to do something, but out of unbelief, we say “No!”  So God sends us around the mountain to think about it.  Soon, His tells us one more time the thing He wants us to do.  If we again say “No!”,  guess where He sends us…wandering around that same mountain!  Unbelief wastes time…precious time that we could be changing lives for Christ if we had said “Yes!” the first time.

Numbers 13:30-31 ” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘ We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’ But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘ We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’ “

The Lord had instructed Moses to send 12 spies into Canaan, but it was only Caleb and Joshua who urged the people to go in and conquer the Promised Land.  Which is very odd if you look at the other 10 men’s names and their meanings…remembering all these young men had been born as God directed the Jews in the wilderness for 40 years.  Their names included – God hears, God endows, God redeems, God saves, God is my deliverance, God is my kinsman.  For in the end, all their strong, valiant names couldn’t help them overcome fear.  And despite hearing about God’s covenant with Israel all their life, they only saw adversity.

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

The Prophet Jeremiah’s message was primarily one of judgement upon Judah for their shameful and persistent sins.  They seemingly lacked the desire or even control to stop straying from God’s law.  The world today still wanders from God…aimlessly roaming, running after whatever has their attention…following a harmful path that can only lead to death and destruction.

Psalm 107

I urge you to read this Psalm sometime today…for within the 43 verses, you’ll see yourself portrayed somewhere.  For this passage tells of those who wander and are lost.  It tells of being in desperate situations…places that invoke  feelings of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.  There are the lost – those who are wandering alone in the wilderness.  There are the guilty – those who are slaves to sin and full of shame and self-loathing.  There are the fools – godless ones being deceived by the world.  Finally, there are the tossed – those who have been battered by life’s storms.  But in all these situations, when they cried out to God for help, He answered.   So despite what you’re going through today… God is there,  ready and willing to help you.