Journeying through the wilderness – Hope for the Believer

“and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt?

We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’””
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Riddled by fear and uncertainty, running low on faith and fazed with confusion, the Israelites walking through the wilderness towards the red sea complained about their circumstance. Blaming Moses for their woes. Why didn’t he leave them in Egypt?

The wilderness moment can get a lot of believers to turn away from the land God is taking them to and back to the old battered place.

Certain times we cry to God for help

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭3:7, 9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

He shows up by pulling us out of a situation of distress only for us to turn and question why.

Why would He take away that job that was bad for you, you would rather be in the job than venture out to seek for a new job. Why would He cause an end to that relationship that made you cry every night, you would rather sit in the thorns than leave to find your roses.

Their dread of dying in the desert reflected the lack of confidence in the love of God and His capacity to lead them.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God has said, Come out of Egypt. I am taking you to the promised land. You have been a slave for too long. The taskmasters have subjugated you long enough. You have outgrown where you are.

Egypt here represents any position, person or situation that keeps you enslaved to pain, bitterness, rage, torture, stunted growth.

And God says come out.

not just walking away physically but to step out mentally and trust that He who has begun a good work in your life would complete it.

Sometimes, the journey to your promised land through the wilderness can take longer than you expect, laborious and filled with uncertainties. It can also involve a period of spiritual, financial, or emotional drought in which you would be stretched and turned inside out.

But this is the beauty. this is growth. Growth is progress. Progress is freedom. You have been enslaved to the taskmaster for so long that you don’t even know what freedom feels like.

Embracing your freedom in Christ is learning to walk in faith, It is understanding the thoughts of God for us are of good not of evil to give us an expected end. And through every hard and gruelling step, we learn how much we have to rely on Him.

The devil you know is not better than the angel you don’t know. Better times lies ahead. The promise land has so much for you. And by Faith and faith alone can you step into it.

On this journey, There are days you could doubt if it is God leading because you wake up with fear and the feeling of loss. What you are used to is no more. Your heart would ache and long for what you left behind. Pharoah might had enslaved you, but it was familiar. You are accustomed to it.

The stay in Egypt rewired your mindset. Suppressed your identity. Made you feel like you don’t deserve and cannot get better.

Now you have stepped out into the unfamiliar, you long for the routine Egypt once gave you and the trauma it caused you.

Grieve as hard as you can but don’t stay down for long and do not murmur against the Lord your God. “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who follow the ways of his covenant.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:10‬ ‭TPT‬‬
including the ones that takes us through the wilderness.

The Lord sees us and understand. He knows where we are and we are never without comfort. Get up and keep moving. The wilderness is not the end of your story. It is only a route to your new beginning. and when you arrive, you would realise that all the pain, tears, heartache was worth it.

God knew the Isrealiates were fresh out of bondage with no sense of identity. And they needed to go through a process with Him to prepare them to receive the blessings that lay ahead.

The Father has it all in store for you. But you must keep a living faith. There would be obstacles, you would encounter the red sea of discouragement and doubts but above all, God would make a way for you to walk right through it.

If you ever feel like giving up, hang in there. Your miracle is just around the corner. Abba is faithful even in our hardest struggles.

God has called us out from darkness into His marvellous light – 1Peter 2:9

Walk in this light. unlearn dangerous mindset of defeat adapted while in Egypt and be full of the word of God. If we are ever going to stand in the promised land, with our hands full of milk and honey, and say, “I know how to flourish,” we would first need to walk through the wilderness, with God’s word in our hearts, and say, “I know how to be brought low” Philippians 4:2. The word is truth and it alone can set you free and keep you free.

“In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the Lord, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭25:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It is well with you.

You are Loved 💜💛💙

Angel

18 thoughts on “Journeying through the wilderness – Hope for the Believer

  1. Perth Girl says:

    To come out from that which enslaves us and walk in the path of obedience with God and in alignment with His plan and purpose for us. Let not fear keep us from trusting Him. I really like what you shared here, your mention of walking out physically but also mentally.
    Good word.
    Blessings Angel 💙

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  2. Carrie@ComeSoAlive.com says:

    Wow! I kept thinking, “I need to highlight that” and then I kept reading and thought, “No, THAT’S what I need to highlight!” What a wonderful post! This is what I finally settled on because it’s what God just told me this morning: “Get up and keep moving. The wilderness is not the end of your story.” My own post this morning was “You aren’t going under” and then I listened to Jason Gray’s “I Will Rise Again” and reclaimed the lyrics: “As I come so alive that death is afraid of me.” Yes! Get up and keep moving even on those days when you are sure you can’t – because He can.

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