In January I started out on a little trek to read the Bible in a year (give or take). I tell you this in no way to toot my own horn, in fact, rather the opposite. In the last decade plus of my adult life, I’ve never made the journey all the way through. Thought about it a few times. Tried it only to trail off the course a few books in.
But 2014 is the year it’s happening. YouVersion keeps me on track and organized, nudging me forward in the daily reading plan. While I still prefer the thin paper pages of my actual Bible, I seriously love this app and the way it’s bringing the Word to MILLIONS around the world.
I think what kept me from getting through in the past were the very heavy (and often dry) books of the Old Testament. They’re certainly not easy reading this time through, but I’m learning to savor a little more. To cling to the gems hidden in the pages that give life and hope.
Last week I was working my way through the book of Numbers and one of those little gems of wisdom pierced my heart.
God is faithfully leading his people out of the wilderness, along the journey to the incredible Promise Land.
And they know this is where they are being led.
They know, they’ve been told, they’ve been promised that good, no great, things that lie ahead.
And just after experiencing a victory over their enemies by the hand of the Lord (verse 3), this:
Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey, and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”
Oh this stings me.
They grew impatient with the long journey.
Are we not just like the Israelites? We know and have been told and have received word and testimony and evidence of God’s promises in our lives?
Yet, in the desert, along the way to the very goodness that HE is leading us to, we grow impatient.
I’m not sure what promise you are waiting to be fulfilled. I’m not sure what desert you’ve been trudging through. You know mine lately.
But I am sure of this:
He keeps every promise. (Psalm 146:6)
Every one of them is fulfilled with a Yes and Amen in Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
There IS rest for all the heartache this world brings. (Hebrews 4:1)
His way is perfect and His promises hold true. (Psalm 18:30)
The Word gives us encouragement and hope as we wait for the promises to be fulfilled. (Romans 15:4)
How it all looks and plays out this side of heaven is not always certain. We may not see the fruit of every promise before our deaths. Moses did not. Aaron did not.
YET we are certain that the greatest promise of all the promises has already been fulfilled in Christ, and we have a guarantee of it:
The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. (Ephesians 1:14, NLT)
Joshua, one of the men that did enter the Promise Land, gave these parting words to the nation of Israel upon his death bed:
Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed! (Joshua 23:14, NLT)
Oh friends, let us know in our hearts.In the desert, let us not grow impatient with the very God who is leading us to the very best.