Tuesday, November 8, 2011

40 Years and a Desert

My husband and I have different ideas about the "right" route to take to get different places.  He says his way is faster, but I like straight lines, so I try to take the most direct route.  It's easier to try different routes when you are familiar with the location, but sometimes we aren't sure where we are going and need to rely on a GPS.

Have you ever argued with your GPS?  I have.  I may not know exactly how to get to my final destination, but I know how to get started, so I will ignore the directions given to me and go my own way.  I will have audible conversations with the voice giving the directions, telling her that I hear what she is saying, but I know better.  Then I hear that voice saying, "Recalculating," over and over.

The Israelites argued with their GPS too. 

God had delivered them from their slavery in Egypt - with the ten plagues; He had gotten them through the Red Sea - on dry ground; but now that they were on the doorstep of the Promised Land, they argued that they knew better. The road was too hard, the people were too big, and the mission was impossible.

Since the time of Abraham, God had been promising this land to His people.  He had been walking with them every step of the way to get them to this place.  All they had to do was trust and obey, and they land was theirs. 

The people said "No!", God said "Fine!" and the people wandered.   They thought they knew better than God, but guess what?

After 40 years and a desert, the Israelites ended up right back where they started - on the doorstep of the Promised Land.  This time they were willing to say yes to God and trust that He would make a way. 

So what's standing in the way of you saying "yes" to God? 

Many blessings,

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  1. I think one thing that gets in the way are my selfish desires. Yet, God wants us to forsake all to follow him and to do nothing out of selfish ambition. it is about continually putting ourselves in the background.

  2. Lisa,
    I really like that you referenced the 40 year span in the desert. I had a conversation with myself two days ago about my own desert, storm, wasteland, war zone, whatever you want to call it. As painful as it is and has been, I wouldn't want a 40 year stent. There are still blessings in this darkness. Maybe its my own tears then anger getting in the way of me and my GPS.

    Kendra aka Pinks

  3. I think the world and our flesh get in the way and Satan stokes those fires... we're at war with those things and only by remaining in Him can we see His way clearly before us. Great post Lisa :)

  4. its simple... its all self.
    self is the only thing that stands in your way.
    because the way was already made.
    rules already set..
    we are the only thing that stops us.

  5. This is my first visit to your beautiful blog, and I very much enjoyed your post. Interestingly, we were just talking about this story in Sunday school class last week. How easily we take our eyes off God and lose faith in Him when the going gets rough! How easily we forget how He's helped us in the past!

  6. Thanks for an insightful post. I have had many experiences like you using a GPS. My husband love it and I don't really care. Just give me written directions and I will get there.
    Yes, I do wonder sometime why the Children of Israel just didn't get it. I am for following the Lord.
    Blessings to you for a great post!

  7. OOOH - very good. God as my GPS. I so love annoying the gps but she remains calm in the face of my desire to have my own way. Great analogy Lisa. Now I will never think of my GPS in the same way again!
    God bless

  8. Love this! We do tend to want to jump ahead to the after party in the promise land without going through the desert first. If they could have only seen then what they knew later!:)