IN GOD THERE IS NO TURNING BACK
The story of the Israelites delivered from Egyptian slavery to walking into the land of Canaan, is indeed a picture of the life of believers today (1 Corinthians 10:1-6, Hebrews 12:18-29). Their freedom from Egyptian slavery is the same as our redemption, moved from the dark to the great light. While their journey in the wilderness is the same as the daily lives of believers. The promised land is the same as the fulfilment of God's word in believer’s life.
God was like whispering in my heart: Stop focusing on the mistakes and stubbornness of Israelites as I lead them. Just look at My miraculous works over their lives.
I began to think about what God said, and I received an understanding; we often focus on and talk about the stubbornness of Israelites, which unconsciously we become just like them in every day life. Therefore, God wants our eyes to focus on God's work to Israelites. Stop looking at the weaknesses, failures and all the bad things that happen to us, as it will limit our mindset of the great and miraculous God.
Today, many people believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior but still struggle in their lives, especially in their daily needs. But it is different with Israelites. When they came out of Egypt, they experienced a remarkable provision of God. They did not have to struggle over their food, drink, what to wear, and where to stay (pillar of a cloud and pillar of fire). God provided everything for them. Yet if we think of rebellion, they are considered worse than us. We have 'tried' to live in righteousness but we are still struggling in our daily needs.
As a redeemed people, in fact we have been delivered from all slavery, including the spirit of shortage, the spirit of anxiety and the spirit of mammon (exit out of Egypt). So it is not right if we still feel insufficient to our daily needs. If God still care about Israelite even though they rebelled against God, moreover to us. We must rise in the Spirit and focus on our great God! He never let us live insufficiently moreover live in poverty! His will is to preserve our lives perfectly!
In fact we may and should have a measure of faith according to what God did to the Israelites. For 40 years they got their food supernaturally. The clothes they wore never tear and followed their bodies growth. At night, they had the pillar of fire to warm them up. During the day, they had the pillar of a cloud so they could enjoy a cooling normal temperature. If God could do that for Israelites, then He can do the same thing for us. So our struggle for daily needs is caused by our inaccurate knowledge of God. We still have an inaccurate mindset that God allows an insufficient life. No! God never plans for us to live insufficiently! He is the Father who preserve our lives perfectly. The question is, do we believe in it?
It is easy for God to bring us experience the fulfilment of His promise. Do not focus on our weaknesses. Behold to God who is able to do what is impossible becomes possible, and who calls those things which do not exist as though they did. I feel, His Spirit speaks to me clearly: Focus on Me!! Stop looking at your weaknesses and failures, because all will stay the same if your eyes are not on Me. As I am your faithful God who is calling and guiding you to the fulfilment of My promise. Keep declaring what you believe I can do for you. And experience that I am a living God who never denied My word. What I say will always happen, it is definite! And indisputable!
Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
But we are not of those who draw to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
In God, there is no word 'turning back'!! We have to finish the good fight of faith!! There is no other way to live this life than by faith. And there is no other way to conquer the world than by faith!! When we truly believe in Him, something great will happen to our lives!! God's provision, power, glory and miraculous works will become part of our lives forever!! (Ps. Steven Agustinus)