The Promise in the Desert
In all of our sufferings, sacrifices and troubles, is it not our desire that we could go out from all of these experiences and have a life that is to the FULLEST?
In the text of Deuteronomy, we can learn that Israel was on the staging period to claim what were promised to them by God.
The freedom from the hands of the tyrants Egyptians into a promised land with flowing milk and honey.
Deuteronomy means repetition of the law, it is where Moses after that forty long years of journey and being in transition, Moses was preparing his people into a new territory, into a new life, into a new relationship with God.
Here comes a destiny that will be changed because of a promise and a covenant of God to His people.
The topic is interesting and exciting because it’s a prelude to a new challenge in the life of God’s chosen people, the Israelite.
We may not see the complete blueprint of His plan in our life right now but He will allow us to have a glimpse of His promise even when we are in our own desert experience.
ENTERING A NEW DOOR
In our life, after all the trials, the hardships and sacrifices; we come to a point when we are about to enter a door that leads us to what God had promised us, because we refused to quit.
We remained to endure and be faithful regardless of all our circumstances.
We thought that those doors lead us to a mess and we thought that God brought us to suffer but unknowingly, that same door leads to another doors of opportunity.
Because in life, God sometimes closes more doors than He opens.
So that He could point us directly to a door that is open. To a door that He wanted us to enter in.
THE PHASES TOWARDS GOD PROMISE
The Desert Experience
God is taking us out from where we are right now.
He don’t want us to stay where we are; in our sickness, in our fears and anxieties, in our miseries and agony.
Sometimes you are already contented and happy in where you are right now, but God will take you away from your own comfort.
God made a way to bring us out because He knows and understand what we experience.
This is what God did to His people in Egypt, He had chosen Moses to lead them out from being slaves, from a miserable conditions they were in.
But instead of thanking God; they murmured, they complained and rebel against Him.
The whole congregations of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. –Exodus 16:2
They thought that God brought them out to kill them in the wilderness.
Sometimes, that is what we thought with God when we don’t understand His will and His promises.
God want us to enter into a new territory but sometimes we are not yet ready.
- Not ready to leave our old friends
- To leave our comfort zones
- To leave our sins
We usually looks on the hardships and difficulties rather than the hidden opportunities.
We focus on the suffering rather than on the promised blessings.
That is why we complain and grumble.
We become a whiner and loss the chance to be a winner.
But whether we like it or not, we are in transition like a baby that is about to breakthrough from a mother’s womb to birth.
In preparing to the new dimension of our life, we need to remember who we were and where we are going to.
So Moses reminded them on their desert experience.
You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these 40 years, that He might HUMBLE YOU, TESTING YOU. TO KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART whether you KEEP THE COMMANDMENT OR NOT.”- Deuteronomy 8:2
He humbled you and let you be hungry to understand that He is the God that provides the manna.
He made us thirsty to understand that He can make water out of rocks.
He humbled us an employee that we desire to be an employer and understand the feeling and situation of an employee.
He humble us in scarcity that we may desire to save and be a good stewards of any blessings we received from Him.
He humbled us in our sickness to understand that He alone can restore our health and the God who heals.
Our experience, our desert experience should not demotivate and demoralized us rather be a learning stage, that we be molded and formed by God into having character He wanted us to possess.
Our desert experience shall test us how grateful we are in spite of our situations.
Our conditions shall give us hope that God will deliver us, putting our trust and faith more unto Him.
- Desert with Manna
Even the people complained, God provides them what they need.
Moses said, “It is the bread which the Lord has given us to eat.”-Exodus 16:15
Even in our desert experience, God takes care of all our need.
His promise is not to harm us for but to have a future, to be blessed.
We should understand that our God is not only concerns about our destination but He is in charge of the itinerary as well.
We need to acknowledge that everything comes from God.
In this desert with manna experience, we usually forget to value the manna and the blessings we received because now it becomes normal.
Is it not a miracle that something you don’t know falls every morning from nowhere? A miracle that something nobody knows could be eaten.
But the manna after months consistently comes every morning becomes normal, the Israelite don’t consider it as miracle anymore.
That is the problem with all of us, any blessings we received regularly becomes ordinary.
We consider now that the provision becomes God’s obligation.
And because of this, we forget to be thankful.
We place more value now on the gifts rather than the giver.
We became complacent and we don’t now desire for something more great because it’s readily available.
Our desert with manna becomes our comfort zone.
We become lazy and passive.
We don’t aspire anymore because everything we need just come without much effort.
When everything is given to us, we don’t desire for something great anymore.
We should remember that this is just a staging area and not yet the final destination God prepared for us.
God want us to move from Desert with manna to a promise land experience where we can grow, we can multiply and we can be more productive.
- The Promise Land experience
After forty years the fall of manna stopped.
When manna ceased, this does not mean that God’s blessing also stopped.
“The manna ceased on the day after they eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.”- Joshua 5:12
God wanted us to be self-sufficient.
He wanted us to participate in the works of blessings because when we do it by ourselves, we have that accountability and care for the fruit that we reap.
In the promise land experience, we start to be a partner with God in taking care of his creation.
We start to work with full faith and hope that He will bless every works of our hands.
“Nasa Diyos ang Awa, nasa tao ang gawa” which means man does the work but the grace and mercy comes from God.
When we do it by ourselves, we put our passion, we use our gifts, we put our love on it and instead of receiving, we learn to offer and sacrifice every fruit of our works for the glory of God.
As God blesses us as we work, we blesses God in every fruit of our produce.
In the promise land experience, you till the land and sow the seed but its Him to let your seed grows.
You plant the seeds, He make sure that the sun shines, the rain to water the land and send the bees to pollinate the plant.
In the promise land experience, we don’t just wait for a miracle but we participate in making miracles to happen.
May you receive His promise even in your desert experience,