“These are the stages of the people of Israel, when they went out of the land of Egypt by their companies under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. Moses wrote down their starting places, stage by stage, by command of the Lord, and these are their stages according to their starting places. They set out…” Numbers 33:1-3
Moses recorded that the children of Israel set out from different camps in the wilderness over 40 times in Numbers 33. That struck me as very significant because how many of us have been in a dry season and really wanted to quit. How easy is it to just switch directions because we have convinced ourselves that the journey we are on must not be the Lord’s will.
We like to characterize the Israelites wandering through the desert as stubborn and rebellious, but the truth is…so are we all. Maybe I shouldn’t speak for you…;)…but I can tell you that I have places in me that want to pick up my tent and run to the nearest mirage when the desert sand is endless and arid.
If that’s you today, let me encourage you to keep setting out. If you have camped in the wilderness more times than you can count and you do not see an end in sight…keep setting out. The Lord wants each of His children to possess His inheritance; and He leads us out to lead us in. It is there for you…just keep setting out.