When You Find Yourself in the Wilderness
Angie Smith is among the most hilarious, down-to-earth people I know, and he or she is passionate about assisting people better understand and love their Bibles. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what on earth was taking place in the storyline associated with Scripture and how all the stories fit together, then Angie is the perfect guide! She assists not only paint one story of Scripture, but also reveals Christ as the hero throughout. He could be what the story is about, and it’s not possible to spend time along with Angie and not keep with fresh eye to see Him as well as a fresh aroma of the joy that is available in His presence. It’s the grace to welcome Angie to the farm’s front porch today…
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H ave you ever discovered for yourself in a situation that should be joy-filled, simply to hear your mouth complaining?
Nowadays, we jump in to the biblical story at just this moment with all the Israelites. They were lastly walking in the direction of the particular land that would eventually be theirs! They’d been rescued. Their God had simply opened up the sea in order to save them from becoming killed. And he’d put these amazing cloud-and-fire navi-thingies in the sky, showing them which way to go.
Can’t you just listen to them praising and cheering and yelling their gratitude to the sky? You’d think, right?
No . They were irritated. They were hot. These were hungry. They were thirsty. And I bet you can guess who these were mad at. Poor Moses—just a guy who also floated in a basket as a kid and took a job this individual never wanted as being a grown-up.
Let’s give him some sophistication.
Due to the fact do you know how long it absolutely was since they’d strolled through water?
Three days. THREE! And yet…
“Would that we acquired died by the hands of the Lord within the land of Egypt, when we sat with the meat pots and ate bread fully, for you have brought us out in to this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger. ” (Exod. 16: 3)
Yeah, they told Moses they desired to go back into captivity, where at least that they had leeks and canteloup. They had onions. That they had garlic. And fish. How on earth does freedom hold a candle to some clean cucumbers?
So , fundamentally, it took them less than half a week in order to forget their Lord was all-powerful. Cool. Good job, chosen people. Method to give it the old college try.
Yet listen: again, it’s not like I haven’t done the same . I’ve been given freedom in Christ, and yet I often appearance back on the elements I used to have, and they also can seem pretty attractive .
But they aren’t ultimately good, and I realize that. We can say that! —even though sometimes we wish we could forget the rules and live without any boundaries.
That’s okay. We’re fallen. It’s simply part of life. But remember this truth when you go via seasons where you are grumbling. You’ve been arranged free.
To return would be to bind your own wrists and ankles. And trust me, you’d feel dissapointed it. That’s not to say presently there won’t be standards to be upheld designed for disobedience.
But what are the rules? Pleased you asked.
I didn’t mention it whenever we were there before, yet back when God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, This individual made the following promise:
“I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have delivered you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall function God on this mountain. ” (Exod. a few: 12)
And today they were back. Back again at the same mountain where the bush had burnt. All those months ago, it had been just Our god and Moses right here; now it was God and Moses plus (I don’t know) maybe a couple of mil Israelites. The Lord got led them since promised to the very place where he very first appointed Moses as their deliverer.
That’s several strong proof, I believe, of both His power and His faithfulness.
And here on this hill, God gave for them the ground rules meant for what He expected of them, written by Their own hand on a pair of stone tablets.
Here’s the deal. We’re going to understand them here, yet we can’t keep them here. Write them down. A lot of Christians don’t even understand all of them.
So here you go: The Ten Commandments, as given within Exodus 20:
- “You shall have no additional gods before me. ” (v. 3)
- “You shall not lead to yourself a carved image. ” (v. 4)
- “You shall not take the name of the Lord your Lord in vain. ” (v. 7)
- “Remember the particular Sabbath day, to continue to keep it holy. ” (v. 8)
- “Honor your dad and your mother. ” (v. 12)
- “You shall not murder. ” (v. 13)
- “You shall not commit adultery. ” (v. 14)
- “You shall not steal. ” (v. 15)
- “You shall not carry false witness against your neighbor. ” (v. 16)
- “You shall not covet. ” (v. 17)
Is the fact that all? It’s still cool to eat leeks as long as we don’t gorge ourselves, right?
But let’s be apparent about what these commandments are for.
They are the standard for the way we live obediently as God’s people.
The very first four commandments offer primarily with the way we relate to God; the rest of the six commandments cope with how we relate to others. That’s why whenever Jesus was inquired (we’re going to fulfill Him later, and you may LOVE Him), “Which is the great commandment? ” He answered, “love the Lord your God” and “love your neighbor since yourself” (Matt. twenty two: 36–39).
And yet these types of few commandments—whether ten or just two—are impossible to keep. The standard is actually high for us, guilty as we are. We can’t do it. We can never end up being that good, not to that amount of goodness. Not the way God is good.
So , what is the point? Just hand out a bunch of things all of us can’t obey? After which tell us we have to obey them? That appears a little shady.
But actually, that’s the idea. He is the only One who is good.
This individual doesn’t want to see all of us fail, but we are able to only succeed if we have His energy —because ours is just as useless plus fickle as the leek-lovers.
We are utterly influenced by Him. But don’t miss this part: there isn’t some heavenly chart that docks us every time we all wish we had our friend’s house. Or our friend’s summertime body. (I provide these as hypothetical examples. ) This individual knows we cannot do this without Him.
But Christ sacrificed Themselves on our behalf.
And Their fulfillment of the law—in our place—we turn out to be free to follow, not really forced to follow.
This is where we find Jesus – the One who has set us free and the One who provides fulfilled the Law on this behalf.
He is our own Rescuer; our great. When we forget His amazing benefits, He is patient, kind, and compassionate.
He is here, long before we observe Him come as a baby into the globe.
Angie Smith is married to Todd Smith, lead singer of the Dove Award winning group Selah. Angie desires to stroll with Jesus authentically through the inevitable pleasures and sorrows of this life in a way that demonstrates His faithfulness to prevent leave us and never forsake us, and to motivate other believers to carry out the same. This passion, along with a deep desire to understand and help others to understand the Bible, has fueled her writing since 2008.
Angie’s latest book, Weaved, remnants the biblical story from start to finish in a way that is relatable and accessible for all, building a deeper understanding of God’s Word for the new reader of the Bible and the one who has read it for decades.
If the Bible feel confusing and difficult to you, this book is perfect for you. In her unique and remarkably readable way, Angie Smith—bestselling author of What Women Fear, Mended, I Will Bring You, and Seamless —helps you tie up together all the reduce, disconnected threads you find in the Bible, weaving cloth them into a superbly crafted storyline.
After reading Woven, with regards to reading Scripture, you’ll go: from puzzled to confident, through lost to educated, and ultimately, from God’s heart in order to yours. Because once you see the big picture, you’ll find it on every page. Every time.
[ Our humble thanks to B&H for their partnership in today’s devotion ]