It took forty years, eleven months and one day for Israel tocomplete an eleven days’ journey (Duet 1: 2-3)
This was a journey through the wilderness
Why does God allow us to go through the wilderness? Through periods of stress and isolation. Through periods of difficulty and loneliness.
Humility: Letting God be in controlIn a wilderness situation, who but God can provide forour needs, protect us from our enemies and deal with ourimpossible situations? –Food : manna (Exodus 16:35) –Drink: from a rock (Exodus 17:6) –Enemies: God defeats them (Exodus 3:8) –Sickness: God heals them (Numbers 21:9) –Obstacles: parting of the Red sea (Exodus 13:18) –Trails: God delivers (Exodus, Numbers) –Weaknesses: God helps us overcome (Exodus 4: 10-11)We realize that it is not our abilities and resources butGod’s strength and providence we must rely on.
What is in our heart: Getting our motives, intents and purposes right• Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.• Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful…..and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.• Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Obedience: accepting and enjoying God’s will and grand plan1 Samuel 15:22 Behold,to obey is better thansacrifice.
The Wilderness• Is a time for making us know God is in control• Is a period to mould and prepare us for His work• Is a way to clear our motives, intents and purposes• Is a method to make us accept and enjoy God’s will
The wildernessexperience will helpus be a blessing toothers and the nextgeneration.
Final wordsDeuteronomy 8: 5 Keep in mind this thought, that as a son is trained by his father, so you have been trained by the Lord your God.6 Then keep the orders of the Lord your God, fearing him and walking in his ways.
Blessings7 For the Lord your God is guiding you into a good land, a land of water-springs, of fountains, and deep streams flowing out from the valleys and the hills;8 A land of grain and vines and fig-trees and fair fruits; a land of oil-giving olive-trees and honey
Blessings: Laura StoryWe pray for blessingsWe pray for peaceComfort for family, protection while we sleepWe pray for healing, for prosperityWe pray for Your mighty hand to ease our sufferingAll the while, You hear each spoken needYet love us way too much to give us lesser thingsCause what if Your blessings come through raindropsWhat if Your healing comes through tearsWhat if a thousand sleepless nightsAre what it takes to know Youre nearWhat if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguiseWe pray for wisdomYour voice to hearAnd we cry in anger when we cannot feel You nearWe doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your loveAs if every promise from Your Word is not enoughAll the while, You hear each desperate pleaAnd long that we have faith to believe
‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindropsWhat if Your healing comes through tearsWhat if a thousand sleepless nightsAre what it takes to know Youre nearAnd what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguiseWhen friends betray usWhen darkness seems to winWe know that pain reminds this heartThat this is not, this is not our homeIts not our homeCause what if Your blessings come through raindropsWhat if Your healing comes through tearsAnd what if a thousand sleepless nightsAre what it takes to know Youre nearWhat if my greatest disappointmentsOr the aching of this lifeIs the revealing of a greater thirst this world cant satisfyAnd what if trials of this lifeThe rain, the storms, the hardest nightsAre Your mercies in disguise