Question Answer Series [6]: Why is the Lord letting us walk through wilderness?


Question: Why is the Lord letting us walk through wilderness?

Answer: “Obey faithfully all the laws that I have given you today, so that you may live, increase in number, and occupy the land that the Lord promised to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you on this long journey through the desert these past forty years, sending hardships to test you, so that he might know what you intended to do and whether you would obey his commands.  He made you go hungry, and then he gave you manna to eat, food that you and your ancestors had never eaten before. He did this to teach you that you must not depend on bread alone to sustain you, but on everything that the Lord says. During these forty years your clothes have not worn out, nor have your feet swollen up. Remember that the Lord your God corrects and punishes you just as parents discipline their children.

Deu 8:2 “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands”

Lord used Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, Lord brought them out with a lot of miracles and with His powerful hand. Pharaoh, his army, and even the Red Sea could not stop them. The reason to bring them out was to lead them to the Promised Land. And the actual journey from Egypt to Canaan would only take 11 days through the wilderness.

But we know it took 40 years and they got stuck in the wilderness; not only that, other than 2 people (Caleb and Joshua) all men above 20 years who started from Egypt perished in the wilderness. But Lord under Joshua got the next generation into the Promised Land.

The word says due to their unbelief they could not enter the Promised Land. Although they came out of Egypt, it took 40 years for the lifestyle of Egypt to come out of them. In the same way Lord brought us out from sin, and saved us to live a victorious life. But are we also continuing in old ways and going in circles?

Wilderness is not the reason why we were called out. How long because of our old ways, will we continue in the wilderness of struggle? The salvation that we receive through grace should lead to change; in the way we live. It is not ok to live in sin, fear of God is to hate sin.

 Final thought:  A quote from D L Moody “We walk in the wilderness today and in the Promised Land tomorrow”

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