Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle...wouldn't it be better for us to return to Egypt? Then they plotted among themselves, "Let's choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!" Numbers 14:3-4 NLT
When the Lord is taking us through a period of transition in our lives, often it feels uncomfortable! In fact, because it is so uncomfortable, sometimes we will desire to return to what is familiar, yet dysfunctional. This is exactly what happened to the Children of Israel when they left Egypt and were headed to the Promised Land in the Bible.
God led the Children of Israel through the Wilderness or an uncomfortable situation as they were headed towards their destiny (Exodus 13:18). They wanted to return to Egypt or bondage even though they were in the perfect will of God as they journeyed through the wilderness. Ultimately, that generation of the Children of Israel did not enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:30-31) because although they left Egypt, Egypt never left them! God wanted to get Egypt out of them!
When we are in our wilderness experiences, we should not run back or desire to return to our comfort zone or Egypt (place of bondage). The Wilderness is the place of self-discovery and the place where we come to realize the awesome power of God! The wilderness is not a place of punishment but purging and preparation. Allow God to take you through your wilderness experience, cleanse you of Egypt, and into your destiny!
Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? (Mark 4:40 NKJV)
Often the fear that we experience in our lives concerning a situation not improving is rooted in placing limitations on God's ability in our mind. Our mental expectations of what God is able to do in our lives is not rooted in His promises or what He has spoken to our hearts, but instead on pondering over the limitations we have experienced in the past, the negativity others have spoken, natural reasoning, or even unconscious self-condemnation on our part. We must receive the promises of God in our heart and make Him THE final authority in our lives!
The manifestation of God's promises are not constrained by how long we have been in a situation for example. In the Bible, there was a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years that received healing (Matthew 9:20-22) and a lame man that was healed after 38 years of not walking (John 5:5-9). Often when a situation has gone on for a long time, we mistakenly believe the lie that it will never improve. Notice however that as soon as Jesus arrived on the scene and these two people who had been ill for years simply accepted His Healing Word into their hearts (without questioning), they were instantly healed!
The Bible admonishes us to guard our heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). We must be careful not to allow people to speak negative thoughts over us concerning God's promises or rehearse our own past failures in our minds! The manifestation of God's promises are not constrained by people's opinions or what you have experienced up to this point in time but only by His ability which is limitless! Forget what has not worked up until this point (Philippians 3:13) because God is doing a new thing on today (Isaiah 43:19)! In fact, you are not waiting on God because He has already provided everything for you before the foundation of the world (Hebrews 4:3), it is already done! Embrace God's Word in your heart on today and see the manifestation of all He has promised you!
Often, when we are in the process of being elevated to a greater position in our lives, something from our past will try to revisit us. The thing(s) from the past that will try to revisit us may be old associations that have run their course, former unproductive mindsets, past fears, or past regrets. All of these things are designed to keep us from stepping over into the Promised Land that God has given us! After the Children of Israel were delivered from slavery in Egypt and were on the verge of stepping into the Promised Land, their past mindset surfaced that stemmed from their former captivity. They reasoned that they could not possess the land God had given them because they saw themselves as grasshoppers so the people currently inhabiting the Promised Land saw them as grasshoppers as well (Numbers 13:33). The truth was that the people in the land saw the Israelites as conquerors (Joshua 2:9). The old defeated image that the Children of Israel had of themselves surfaced as a distraction so that they would not step into all that God had promised. Unfortunately, they did not take possession of the Promised Land (Numbers 14:28-30). It was their choice! What old relationships, images, or mindsets are you harboring on today as God is trying to take you into your Promised Land? Release all these negative things from the past so that God can take you into greater heights and you can possess the land He has promised you!