Psalm 78:72 – So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.
To say that the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt was a miracle is an understatement. A series of miracles led to this event that effectively gave birth to God’s chosen nation of the Old Testament. Then what? Did God abandon them in the wilderness? No, God continued to miraculously feed and guide the people as long as they wandered in the wilderness.
Perhaps you can relate? Are you a new Christian? Do you know someone one the verge or newly converted? Of so, I think you may understand better than most. Only a miracle could save us from the bondage of sin. Only a series of miracles could lead us out of the quagmire of temptations and encumbrances that so easily beset us without God’s abiding presence. This is the grace of God.
In the wilderness between complete bondage and blessed kingdom of God promised to all those that endure to the end we struggle everyday for survival. In the unforgiving environment of the desert where no water flows and no food is present, we cannot go back, and often we cannot seem to go forward. In this state we learn dependence upon God for nourishment and guidance. Only He knows the way.
In the crucible of the wilderness where we know God’s is near but we cannot yet embrace Him, we learn to trust His Word and the clear signs of His guiding Spirit. If the way were always straight we might be convinced of our own worthiness rather than His mercy. If we grew fat upon the easy meat and plenty on the path, we might settle for less than His Kingdom. Only when we endure, striving along the way trusting in the surpassing integrity and skill of God do we learn to appreciate the blessing of sweet rest in the arms of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
If you struggled today, you are not alone even in the deepest pit for He is there. If you hungered today, you will be filled with His presence. If you stumbled today, don’t worry He will lift you up. Tomorrow is another day. Lift up your eyes and look toward the source from of your help, and remember that your God made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). Nothing can stop Him. Nothing.