Welcome back to the Bible Cafe, we’re about to begin an interesting conversation based on One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land. Our lesson today is about God’s wilderness plan, based upon the 40 year journey with Moses.
In our lesson, we see that our wilderness journey has three key plans:
- Purpose- testing our intentions, call to obedience
- How-Humble us
- Why-to strip away something, an obstacle to faith
I’ll use my own wilderness journey to demonstrate this. In my journey, God intends to strip away my unbelief. I do not believe in angels, so if an angel sat in front of me saying “I’m an angel, a messenger of God” I would not believe him. In fact, if I saw an angel with fluttering white wings land before me on the car windshield, I would still not believe. God knows that I have this unbelief, so He intends to walk me through a wilderness journey to reveal this unbelief.
When you see the image I selected, you see why I remain in disbelief about angels. After a Christian education, I learned that angels are majestic, glowing in light, and playing a musical instrument. With this image, I would not believe an angel unless he looked like my image. This is my unbelief. So God brings me into a wilderness journey, revealing my unbelief, so that I may be called to obedience.
When God sends an angel to speak, it is my belief and only my belief, as to whether or not I choose to believe. He shows me this and then He waits for me to see an obstacle to my faith. Angels are present in scripture, one of the most notorious is Satan. It’s easy for me to believe in Satan…I see evidence of his work all around me. Why then, it is more difficult for me to accept good angels, as messengers and protectors from God.
My answer is unbelief. I find it difficult to accept that God would love me that much, than He would send a messenger to speak to me. I can find many family members and friends who would prove this to me, citing evidence that an angel would never speak to someone they know. They love me and would be certain to convince me that angels are real, just not for me.
So God sends me into a wilderness journey, just God and me. He reveals my unbelief in angels, and then He waits. Do I really believe? Pride says an angel would never appear to me. Belief says all things are possible with God. That is a difficult wilderness journey.
It is my journey alone…and not relevant to my journey… for you to convince me about angels. God will do that for me. He wanted me to recognize my unbelief in angels.
Father God, you bring us into a wilderness journey so we may see, know and learn as children of the Lord. The journey is designed for your purpose as you strip away our obstacles to faith. We pray for you to bring us into a wilderness where we see, hear, and know You through the journey. Give us discernment through the Holy Spirit and reveal to us those things that need to be peeled away. God, we come to you with open and willing arms….we are in Your Presence with willing ears and hearts. Speak to our minds through scripture, and guide us through the wilderness journey. In the name of your son Jesus, we pray.
Priscilla Shirer Quotes
- Moses encouraged them not to forget that God was the source of all good things.
- The key to taking full possession of the land God promised was obedience.
- The Lord used the Israelite’s time in the desert to strip from them any pride that might keep them from blossoming into the submissive, teachable people He desired.
Today’s Scripture Verses (NASB)
“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD. “Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. Deuteronomy 8:3-4
If you have been in a wilderness, or are in one now, what do you think God is stripping away in you? If you are unsure, please pray before answering this question.