When God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, they had to go through the wilderness to get to the Promised Land He had for them. It was an eleven-day journey, but they spent 40 long, painful years wandering in the wilderness before any of them entered the land. And in the end, many of them died in the wilderness.
We tend to shake our heads and think, “What was their problem? How could they miss it?” But the reality is, many Christians today are wandering in their own wilderness, rather than living the abundant life Jesus died to give them.
Identifying the Real Root of the Problem
The Israelites’ slavery in Egypt is the equivalent of our slavery to sin. God sent Moses to deliver them from bondage, and He sent Jesus Christ to set us free. And just as the Israelites had to take a journey to possess their Promised Land, we have to take a journey to possess the promises of God for our lives.
Now the Israelites thought their enemies-such as the Canaanites and Amorites-were the problem that was keeping them from the Promised Land. However, it was actually their thinking that kept them in the wilderness for so long, because God was on their side. And if God is for you, who can be against you? (See Romans 8:31.)
Well, we have our own brand of “ites”: sickness-ites, poverty-ites, grouchy neighbor-ites, frustrating husband- or wife-ites… And we tend to think these “enemies” are our problem.