In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death. Exodus 16:2-3
When God called Israelites from Egypt out of their bondage, He promised them a land of stay flowing with milk and honey. As they began their journey in faith, they soon realised that it was not a comfortable journey they thought it would be. They started murmuring in the wilderness saying that it would have been better if we had stayed in Egypt. As we look closer into the Book of Exodus, it’s very clear that God never promised them a comfortable journey at any point of time. They stepped out in faith to an unseen promised land. But when struggles came, they started doubting God and murmured against Him. God had to prove them with miracles time and again, when Moses pleaded to Him on their behalf. But God was not pleased with the faith they had shown. Many times in our Christian walk, we get so excited by the promises of God. But when our faith journey leads us to the wilderness, we start murmuring, I had fewer problems before I accepted Christ and it’s better to go back where I was before coming to God. We even ask what good did I receive by taking the step of faith in following Him? But I want to encourage you by saying this: “Let’s look up to the promise and not the means to the promise”. The journey was tough for the Israelites. But that is where God moulded them to be a witness for Him in the Promised Land. It is the same with every Christian who begins his walk with Christ. God has promised us abundant riches in Christ Jesus. He has promised us eternity in Christ Jesus. As Apostle Paul says all promises of God are “yes” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus (Refer 1 Corinthians 1:20). The cost of following Him towards His promised land might feel hard and the way towards His promised land might feel tough in this world(Refer Luke 14:26,27). There are many wilderness experiences along the way where our faith is tested. But always remember, He has shown us the way by walking and treading the same path He laid for us. He has given us the hope of His promise through His resurrection. God is not someone who leaves us alone in this wilderness. He encouraged the Israelites with His presence. He knew what they needed in the wilderness and provided His manna from heaven. He showed them Elim (Oasis) in the wilderness of Shur (Desert). He is a faithful God to take us in His miraculous way to the Promised Land. But we should never take our eyes off the Promised Land seeing the present discomforts.
Wilderness is not the place of stay, it’s just the way
Wilderness is a place to learn, not a place to make a U-turn
Wilderness is the place of test, not the place of rest