Everyone goes through wilderness seasons in their lives, but MOSES was a wilderness expert! From 40 years alone in one wilderness to 40 years of leading Israel through another, his story shows us the power of the journey through the wilderness; it shapes us, develops us and forms us into the people God has called us to be. A look at the life of MOSES reveals that the wilderness isn’t something we just endure; it’s something we can embrace!
Wrestling in the Wilderness
Exodus 17:1-2 (NIV) The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”
Exodus 17:7 (NIV) “And he called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
3 reasons why the Israelites Wrestled with God
Psalm 86:1 (NIV) Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Matthew 5:3 (NLT) “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Philippians 4:19 (ESV) “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Psalms 37:25 (AMP) “I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned Or his descendants pleading for bread.
Exodus 6:2-5 (NIV) “God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty,[a] but by my name the Lord[b] I did not make myself fully known to them. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
Matthew 16:24 (NIV) ”Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV) “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of Gode above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Matthew 6:10 (NIV) “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…