12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.Psalm 78 v 12 – 28
Welcome back guys and girls.
I’m going to be so honest – I have missed you guys (Oh how I have missed you guys!) and I have missed THIS.
Yes, the hiatus is OVER – 4 weeks longer than anticipated lol but I am back.
I know people are expecting allsorts of stories but ah ah, must it be on the first day back? Biko I will get to that in a future post, promise …!
Today is just a quick “Hi, I’m back”. I so wish that I could say that we are off the mountain, out of the proverbial wilderness and on our way to the promised land – but no, not quite.
Yes, we are off the mountain, but we have not arrived yet. We outchea in the dessert, still journeying…
Sooooo for those of you who were following my last post, you would remember that I was taking a short break. I think my last line referred to me wanting to go through “the process”, examine myself, my heart, my ideas, my motivations and my expectations etc, and boy has God done that and thensome.
You know them ones when you have been exposed to your own heart? Boyyyyy. All I can say is that I am having what can only be referred to as a Wilderness Experience, and I am sure that some of us can relate.
Don’t front on me and act like you ain’t been there before, we can ALL relate sha. And if you can’t relate in this moment, trust me, you soon will…
If you can’t relate to me, maybe you can relate to the Children of Israel in the passage above.
Seriously, you better be relatin’. Yes it is by force – don’t pass go until you read and relate with that scripture…
Ok have you read it? It’s remarkable to think that the Israelites were in Egypt for over 400 years (Exodus 12v40) and with each year, their standard of living deteriorated to the point that they became slaves.
Not only that, but it took them 40 years to make a journey of 40 days (Joshua 5v6). You’d think that this would humble a people, but not the Israelites. Nah, not even. I’ve lost count of the number of times they complained, cursed, backbited, berated, moaned, groaned and threw Moses under the bus.
Pele for Moses you know, that guy tried. And just to add insult to injury, they started yearning for the Egyptian delicacies and pined to go back “home” to Egypt (Numbers 11v5). Who knew people liked cucumbers and leeks that much…?
Remind you of anyone? No? Really? Because often, this is me/you/us all over.
I won’t be so presumptuous as to describe your former relationship as Egypt, or to compare your Ex to Pharoah, that would be a reach right? But what about your heart and the places it has been tied in and to?
One of the reasons God calls us out into The Wilderness is that He wants to free us from bondage, both known and unknown.
Don’t get it twisted, the Egypt you escaped from was not home, it was hollow. The place you used to reside in was not heavenly, it was a man-made type of hell. And don’t even get me started on the food, the little treats you used to
poison fatten ruin spoil yourself with.
Can you relate? If so, welcome to The Wilderness. Not the jungle, not the farm, but The Wilderness.
The Wilderness doesn’t mean that we will lack though, rather it is a place in which we can exercise our trust. God wants to hold our hands as He takes us through, and trust me, He WILL take you through. I mean, we are talking about the God who journeyed with these people, His people the Israelites, as a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire. The same God who allowed quail to descend on the camps, caused water to gush out of a rock and sent manna raining down from Heaven. Personally, when I pick up my KJV, I read that God wrought more miracles in Exodus – Joshua than anywhere else in the Good Book.
So if He’s calling you into The Wilderness, don’t lose heart. Yes, it means paths untread, yes it means places undiscovered and yeah, it will look like moments that are unfamiliar. But The Wilderness is a breeding ground for miracles – do you trust that?
As a single man/woman, do you trust Him?
As a married man/woman, can you trust Him?
Or do you still long for the little treats, the metaphorical treasures in Egypt?
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;Hebrews 11 v 24-25
It’s ok to admit that you have. Lord knows I have, but bless God because we serve a King who is kind to rebellious people. A King who calls back the heartbroken and offers grace to the repentant and humble.
The Children Of Israel did it all. My two little thumbs can’t even begin to type how many liberties they took but the scripture above paints a good picture. The verses above say that the Israelites tempted God in their hearts, asking Him to satisfy their lust and spoke against Him – not Moses, against Him – but yet, He furnished a table before them.
Can we just deep that for a second? That’s the God we serve.
The 2 Timothy 2 v 13 God Who is known as “Faithful”.
A God who doesn’t break a covenant to His faithfulness or His character just became we do.
A God who chooses to be consistent inspite of our own flakiness. #AbleGod
So Reader, if I could offer you one piece of advice (or two), whether you are still single or happily married, it would be this: do The Wilderness journey and don’t fall for the treats.
God has such a feast prepared for you, if only you would journey a little further. He is a God of provision, and He has made an abundant meal available to you. Why spoil your appetite with rebellious snacks of lust, fornication, pornography, masturbation, adultery and others in the pick ‘n’ mix cup of disobedience?
Yeah, we all remember what we are missing in The Wilderness. I know what I miss, or at least, I have detailed it in previous posts – what are you missing? Whatever it is, it won’t compare to what He has in-store. Check that though, because I didn’t say it’s on the way, it’s in-store mate, meaning ready for collection.
And we will never settle for less, we know there’s more that’s found in You…
– Khaya Mthethwa
This song is my anthem right about now, because it reminds me to keep going, reminding me to have respect for the recompense of the reward. Whatever your wilderness journey looks like or feels like today, go with it. It’s not easy but rely on His Spirit and don’t settle for anything else.
Until next week, the journey
into The Wilderness continues…