They waited for liberty to leave their slavery. What initially was received as a blessing and a means of survival, with time had become burdensome and stifling. They grew in number but arrested in spiritual growth, and now the time for God to deliver them had come. They were finally free of the slavery that kept them from openly serving their God. Though Egypt expelled the Hebrews into the wilderness, their exodus was God-driven, and they needed only to look for His provisions along their journey. Just when they needed it, the rock was struck, water poured forth, and food was provided in the form of manna.
Many times this is how God operates in the life of the believer. He is the voice behind us telling us which way to go. The Word says that His sheep know His voice and another they will not follow. Still there are times that we peer into that wilderness-looking future and fear the unknown. Yet His voice keeps prodding us to move forward.
We must consider the Israelites’ dilemma as they left the land of slavery to enter into the wilderness. We know that God miraculously provided their needs for their extensive journey only after they came into the wilderness. Their story teaches us that we may not be able to visualize how our needs will be met, but if we listen to God’s directives then obey them, He will expose His miraculous provisions as we walk in faith. So go ahead and step out in faith! It brings great peace to us to remember that before they ever entered into the wilderness, manna was stored in heaven awaiting them.
Genesis 15:22-27; 16:4-12, Isaiah 30:21, John 10:3-5