From Slavery to Promise-2

Deserts are fascinating to read about but not pleasant to be in for very long. No wonder God uses Israel’s long time in the wilderness to picture the waste and desolation of the life of His children when they fail to get down to business with Him. Israel could have soon enjoyed victories and blessings and once we know Jesus, as Savior and Lord, so can we. There were two types of people in the wilderness. A minority believed God and obeyed. However, they were held back with and by those who did not believe and obey. There were two types of those who did not believe. Some were just fearful; others were not only fearful but were given to complaining, disobedience, rebellion, false accusation, distrust of Godly leadership, etc. In their discontent and distrust, they looked longingly back to their slavery in Egypt. How this mirrors too many newly saved people! Some are afraid. They just don’t believe that they can enjoy victory and freedom. They don’t dare to go all the way with God. Others have much of Egypt (the world system) left in them with all its ways. God will have to teach them, discipline them and wean them from their carnal fears, doubts and longings. Those that perished in unbelief are like those who move away from the world’s slavery but never really give themselves to God; are never truly converted. They are among the redeemed but not one of them. The born again ones who are doubting and fearful would do well to have Paul’s determination. He wrote in Philippians 3:13-14, “….this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Selah! There are those who are saved but have not left the wilderness and there are those who have begun to enjoy victory and freedom. We exist where we choose to exist. Wandering in the wilderness or walking on the King’s Highway is up to us!  Ron

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