“These are the journeys of the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
The song says, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through…” We often sing this song but fail to live the message it gives. God makes it clear in the book of Hebrews that we are just pilgrims passing through this world. The journey that we take may seem long and hard, but we are going to a better world. Just like Israel passed through the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, we are going to a city whose builder and maker is God. The journeys that Israel took through the wilderness teach several lessons about our journey through the Christian walk.
First, the Christian journey is not always going to be easy. It was not easy for Israel along their journey. There were times when they faced the daunting Red Sea and Marah’s bitter waters, which both seemed to be insurmountable to overcome. You have to understand that you are on a journey. Just because what you are facing is not easy does not mean that you are on the wrong journey. The fact that you have to fight Satan and his allies should tell you that the journey through the Christian life is not going to be easy. Never let the hardness of the journey cause you to quit the journey that leads to God’s blessings.
Second, the Christian journey is filled with spiritual victory and defeat. Israel had times that their faith was amazing, and then there were times when they failed, murmured and disobeyed God. They had the victory at the Red Sea, but they failed in the wilderness of Sin. Every day is not going to be a day of victory. You are going to fail at times in your Christian walk. Does that make you a bad person who God doesn’t want to use any more? Absolutely not! What it does mean is that you are a sinner who is growing in your walk with Christ who must get up and keep going until the next victory.
Third, the Christian journey will not always have times of spiritual highs. You can’t live in yesterday’s victory of the Red Sea for the rest of your life. There are other great victories ahead that you will have in your journeys if you keep going. The aura of yesterday’s victory won’t last forever. Don’t let the lackluster daily walk cause you to think that God is done using you. Always remember that the everyday step in the Christian journey is growth if you are going forward. It is those individual steps that lead to the spiritual mountaintop experiences. If you quit because of the routine steps you take, you will miss the next victory ahead.
My friend, don’t let the length of the journey discourage you. I know that serving God can sometimes seem to go forever, but you must set your mind to accept that you are on a journey. You can’t fall for the mindset that every day has to be a spiritual high. It is a long journey, but God has certainly blessed and is blessing you on this journey. Don’t let the length of the journey bring you to the point that you quit.
Moreover, be careful about pitfalls on the journey. Satan will place many opportunities along the way that could cause you to fall if you yield to his temptations. Watch out that you don’t become a spiritual casualty along the way. There are many people who lost God’s blessings because of these spiritual pitfalls. Be aware of the pitfalls on the journey and keep going; you will find God will give you many victories if you keep walking and avoid those pitfalls.