Hebrews 3:16-17 – Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness?
I often wonder about the Hebrew people. Why were they so hard to get along with? Why were they so stubborn? Why did they keep biting the hand that feds them? Why did they grumble and complain so much?
Well, let us think about it for a minute. They had just come out of 400 years of slavery. They weren’t used to thinking for themselves. They weren’t used to taking care of themselves. They weren’t used to making decisions for themselves. They couldn’t raise an army, put together a government, or even organize their labor. No wonder they drug their feet so much.
It only takes a few months for them to travel the 350 miles to the Promised Land. And yet, God makes them wander the wilderness for another 40 years. Yes, it was because of their sin and lack of faith. But it was also a time which God used to train them to be “His people”. He wanted to break some old habits and teach them a new way of life.
I look at my time on earth with the church as that trip through the wilderness. God is giving me the tools, incentives, and important ingredients to become a man of faith and integrity. I have to patiently wait and be open to learn his will and his ways. He is using this time to teach me and to break a lot of old habits. He is using this time to train me so that I’ll be ready for whatever he has for me to do.
Are you learning that it is a learning experience? Are you frustrated with you growth in the Lord? Are you looking for a short-cut or thinking about quitting all together? Remember that there is something for you to learn and discover about yourself and how you live.
“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
-Attributed to Harry S Truman
“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”
Prayer Thought: Dear God, It is easy to give up. It is harder to submit. Please help me to stop looking for the quick fixes in my life and learn how to live, love, and do the things you want me to do. Help me to grow in my life to be the person of integrity and faith that you are teaching me how to be. I pray this in the name of my savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.