“That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” Number 14:1-4
The story of Israel is the story of God’s leadership.
He was a much better leader than they were followers. Despite their reluctance and their resistance and their occasional outright resistance He was able to use Moses and Joshua to get them into Canaan.
God leads in three ways but only in one direction. He leads us out, He leads us through and He leads us in.
He led them out, as in out of Egypt.
Egypt was a place of bondage. For 400 terrible grueling years they served as slaves to the Pharaoh in forced labor. From sun up to sundown the taskmasters drove them often beyond the breaking point and that was their plight for generation after generation until God heard the cries of His people and sent a deliverer to lead them out.
Like Moses of old, God sent a second Deliverer and a Greater One. His name was Jesus, God’s own Son who died and rose again to set us free from the bondage of sin. He led me out of the darkness and bondage of my sins.
After God led His people out of Egypt with a series of miraculous acts that humbled the proud Egyptians and broke the Pharaoh’s heart, He led them through the Red Sea with a greater miracle. Over the next 40 years (it should have been 40 days) He sustained them in their wandering through the wilderness with miracles providing food and water for 2,000,000 Hebrews. He provided for them so He could lead them through the wilderness.
God brought me out of the bondage of my Egypt so He could lead me through my wilderness seasons. During those dry, desolate, desert seasons of my life He has always led me through. Sometimes I have made it a longer journey that He intended but He has faithfully lead me through. And He can do the same for you! He will lead you out of your Egypt and through your wilderness if you will follow Him.
So, God led His people out of Egypt and He led them through the wilderness in order to lead them into Canaan.
Ah, Canaan! The Land of Promise! The land that’s flowing with milk and honey! The place where His power, His presence and His possession are enjoyed!
I’m so thankful for God’s faithful leadership in my life! Through the sacrifice of Jesus He led me out of the slavery of sin. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit He led me through my wilderness. Through the blood of Christ and the work of the Spirit He led me into the fullness of His power, His presence and His possession.
God leads out, and He leads through and He leads in! One way He doesn’t lead is back. So if, like the losers in the verses above you are thinking about going back to Egypt. Thank again! God doesn’t lead in that direction.