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Categories: General Date: Aug 14, 2009 Title: Jotting Judi
I have been enjoying my early morning “Bible time” on my swing when I give God a chance to speak to me from His Word. For several mornings I dwelt on the story of the children of Israel and their “desert” wanderings before the Promised Land became home. Ironically, on Sunday evening, Pastor preached on this very subject and I was even further enlightened.
The first truth that surfaced was the fact that God had a clear rescue plan for them. In Exodus 3:8, He said, “I have seen the misery of my people and have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians.” It was a plan to bring them to a good land; flowing with milk and honey. In Exodus 23:20, He tells them how He is going to do it. “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” WOW! An angelic escort! All they had to do was pay attention and do what He said—the Promised Land was theirs for the taking.
Numbers 13:31-3 is full of all the “we can’t” reasons they came up with. And, Numbers 14:3 tells us that they chose fear and a lie over His plan. They even wanted to go back to Egypt! They forgot that faith is simply fear that has said its prayers!
They wandered around for 40 years because of fear. All they had to do was believe Him and walk into the Promised Land. The result was astounding; Caleb and Joshua were the only two of the older generation that made it—because they chose to believe. The rest of them all died and were buried in the desert. (Numbers 14:28-33)
The story hasn’t changed for us today. We ask God for direction, He gives it and we come up with Plan B. We give Him every excuse in the book for not doing it His way. The result is that we exist instead of receiving the full blessing He has in store for us. We grumble and complain when all we need to do is return to the Source, confess that we blew it and follow the Leader!
Fear always causes you to question, how do I know God will do what He said? Questioning leads to confusion and confusion leads to instability. Peter couldn’t walk on the water until he took that first step over the side. All he had to do was keep his eyes on Jesus; but fear grabbed him and he sank!
Getting out of the boat is a good beginning; faith in Him is the rest of the story!! Try it His way.
By Judi Wiegman
There are giants I can’t handle Lord,
Giants big and tall.
Giants all around me,
I feel so very small.
To be an overcomer,
To possess the land,
I must defeat the giants,
Please Lord, hold my hand.
Giants all around my land, some I cannot see,
But God sent His angels
I know they’re guiding me.
The promise He has given;
I will the land possess,
Simple faith is all He asks,
And He will do the rest.
Wandered on this journey, at times His will I’ve spurned,
Growing comes from listening;
Is the lesson I have learned.
I’ve gained the strength to travel on,
The victory is mine,
I hear my Master calling,
“Come, feast and dine.”