"The Desert Road" (2)
In Exodus 5:1, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the desert.’”
What is a desert? As we will see, a desert is people, places, or situations that God uses to show us the substance of our heart. Moses said God tests us in our deserts so that we would know what is in our heart!
In the Bible, reference is made to the wilderness and the desert over 400 times. That clearly indicates much of our faith journey has been tailored for the desert.
Our deserts are bearable because we know something good will come out of them. But they are also brutal because much of the time it seems that nothing good will emerge in our desert before it consumes us.
But God does not withhold the wilderness seasons because He wants us to know who we are in the inner recesses of our soul.
Exodus 13:18 says, “So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.” And for 40 years the children of God fall victim to a desert road that has no destination. But our texts this week introduces us to a new, vigorous generation of God’s people who have one foot in the promised land and the other in unproven zeal.