Beholding God’s Glory in Our Wilderness Experience
Israel wandered – for a very long time they wondered (40 years)
They may have felt “stuck.”
Ada Bible Church Pastor wrote a book about this -- he calls it “The Land Between.”
It’s that place in our lives in which we at times find ourselves in transition.. we’re not at our destination, and we are no longer at the beginning.. but somewhere in between..
Maybe you’re out of college and anticipating that job
Maybe you’re working on buying that first home – emotionally ready, financially not ready
We use language “for now”... for now I’m working this job; for now I’m living with my parents..
How much longer can we bleed financially.. it will get better...
Israel wondered.. they were no longer in Egypt.. and they were not yet in the promised land..
Israel received God’s blessings – plundered Egypt, experienced a Red Sea miracle, but realizing this in between place .. they grumbled..
They grumbled against Moses and Aaron
Moses/Aaron realize the real complaint is they are complaining against the Lord. In this dessert place of grumbling, we have this verse:
Exodus 16:10 “And as Aaron spoke to the whole community of Israel, they looked out toward the wilderness. There they could see the awesome glory of the Lord in the cloud.”
In their grumbling about their situation – they looked toward the wilderness.. they looked toward the barren land .. they looked at their very situation.. and in it.. they beheld the Glory of the Lord.
Application: When we are complaining about our circumstances, pause.. consider where you are.. look at your situation and look to see the Glory of God.. you will likely see Him and His plan for your life.