Today’s Tasting: Numbers 33-34: After the Israelites left Egypt, they wandered through the desert, following where God led them. Aaron, Moses’ brother died during this time, forty years after they left Egypt. God told the Israelites that when they reached Canaan, they were to make all the people who lived there leave, destroy all the idols those people had, and get rid of their places of worship. They could then divide the land among themselves. If they didn’t do this, however, they would cause themselves trouble. The Lord then told them where the borders of their new land would be, and how to divide it among themselves.
Today’s Nourishment: The Israelites had gone through many trials on their journey. Their faith had been tested and often fell short. Now they had arrived at the edge of the place that would be their new home. God’s promise to give them the land of Canaan was finally coming true.
When you have been the one “wandering in the desert” for what may feel like forty years, trying to get to where you think you should be, it can be difficult to remember that God keeps his promises. Sometimes your journey to the destination God has in mind for you is a long and winding one. It can require you to hang on tightly to your faith that God has something better in mind for you, despite the fact that you are suffering right now, or that you aren’t where you think you should be in your life. Following God’s plan for your life can require far more patience and perseverance than you may think you have, but along the way, you may learn many lessons that are more important than your actual destination.
Can you see, looking back, how the journey you took to get to the place you are now in your life taught you important lessons that you would have missed if you had achieved your goal more easily?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Numbers 35-36