Nancy Leigh Demoss, what a wonderful woman! I subscribe to her “Revive our hearts” podcast which focuses on attaining biblical womanhood and achieving the most as a daughter of God. A couple of months ago, she had a series based on the book of Numbers and the Israelites post exodus journey through the wilderness. We all know that God made them wander through the wilderness for 40 years for their sin but Nancy revealed a deeper meaning to their wanderings.
I can personally testify that ABSULUTELY NOTHING catches God off guard and he is the master of turning the bad around for good. Although it might have grieved his heart that his children, who he had done so many miracles to save, were lacking faith in him, he decided to use this to bring about something greater: teaching them who he is.
The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness but the bigger picture is that God used those years to show them who he is. Through every trial, tribulation, victory and miracle, God showed them his personality and spirit.
Praise God…At the rock, where the water of Meribah came out…he was El-shaddai (the lord who is sufficient for the needs of his people)…he was Jehovah Ropheka (the lord our healer) when the Israelites looked upon the bronze snake…he was Jehovah Rohi (the lord our shepherd) when he guided them with a pillar of cloud in the day and fire at night. He showed them he was a jealous God when they often worshiped idols but also a merciful God when he always took them back.
How does this relate to us in our walk with God?
Sometimes God places us in certain situations to teach us who he is and show us another dimension to his magnificent holiness. I remember a time I was applying to grad schools. I applied to quite a number and one by one I started getting rejection letters…1st, 2nd, 3rd… this was my own personal version of being in the wilderness…just like the Israelites. I spent many nights crying myself to sleep thinking that God had abandoned me but now looking back, I see that he wanted me to trust him…to be still and know that he is God, a rewarder of those who diligently seek him and a loving father. At this time in my walk I was newly saved so I wasn’t all that familiar with what it meant to be a child of God. God in his omniscienceness saw this as an opportunity to show his love. Just when I thought it was over and that my dreams of school was shattered, Praise God…I got that acceptance letter and I learned one more thing of my loving father.
It was learning of Jehovah and his mercies that gave Joshua and Caleb the confidence to stand up against the other 10 tribes to declare that the land God was to give them was obtainable. They had personally witnessed how God had brought them out of Egypt, they had taken note of how he provided and had never left them. They knew him!!!
Trials are the hardest things to go through especially when in our remote knowledge; we don’t know why we are going through them. The nights seem the darkest and we are often tempted to ask if God has abandoned us. Pain is ugly and it has the ability to rip our hearts apart but when this pain is being used by the Potter to mold us, it can be used to achieve wondrous things… it could be his very tool to get us into the Promised Land.
So in times of need, in times of despair, no matter what it seems like; lift up your eyes to him and remind your heart who he is. Remind it of the many miracles he has done on your behalf, think of the walk he took to Calvary to ensure that you get to spend eternity in his presence. Remember…
“But they that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
…musings from atop the potters wheel