1 Peter 5:6-10
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
“Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Arron” (Numbers 20:2)
If you are in the desert and there is no water you have a real problem. It’s not like not having almond milk for your latte or running out of toilet paper. Without water you will die.
There are many different kinds of wilderness’s; mental, emotions, physical, financial, etc. Though most of us will never go through a desert, all of us will walk through several wilderness’s in our lifetimes.
When we go through wilderness times the enemy will always question Gods commitment to us. He will raise doubts in our minds about who we are and who God is to us.
Paul tells us that we should not be ignorant of the devils “devices or schemes.” “…lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Cor. 2:11)
The enemy enjoys pointing out the deficits in our lives. He wants us to blame others. He wants us to doubt God’s love for us. He wants us to quarrel with each other.
“These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the Lord and where he was proved holy among them.” (Numbers 20:13)
Do not be ignorant of the devils devices. He wants us to give up on God. He wants us to stop trusting in the Lord. He wants us to blame each other, and to blame God.
They were so focused on what was missing in their lives that they failed to realize that they were only a few months away from stepping into the promised land. They had walked around for 38 years and their shoes had never worn out. The Lord had fed them with fresh manna every day. He had covered them from the Sun. He had led them with a fire.
Instead of complaining they should have been preparing to conquer and celebrate the fulfillment of the promise. The closer we get to our destiny the more the enemy tries to get us to quarrel amongst our selves. They started fighting agains those they were going to fight with.
Conflict within the camp is the last tool the enemy has. If we can overcome the conflict and focus on the future that God has promised, nothing can stop us from moving into our Destiny.
Look at this story again, here in the wilderness, faced with the lack of water the people quarreled with the Lord. And yet, in spite of it all He poured out water into their lives. He met their need. He proved that He would never leave, never forsake them.
Call it whatever you like, we all walk through valleys, are led into wilderness’s or get stuck in desert places. The enemy is always pointing out what is missing. Always pointing out the deficit in our lives. The enemy will always try to get us to quarrel with each other and to doubt God.
Every time we see a deficit in our lives, we must recognize that God is about to reveal Himself as our source. This is an opportunity to see that when we are weak He is strong. This is a moment when God’s Favor will rescue us.
On the cross even though they were taking his life, He poured out His love.
If you are going through a mental, emotional or physical wilderness Jesus is about to pour out in and on you everything you need. We don’t have to repeat the poor performance of those in Numbers chapter twenty.
We can learn from these people in the wilderness. When we run out of water, when we are faced with a need we can respond differently. In the face of the deficit “remember” all that the Lord has already done for you.
If you will upload gratitude the Lord will download fresh Grace into your life.
Is there an area in your life where you are more focused on the deficit than trusting God?
Begin writing down the blessings you have received from God so that in these moments you can remind yourself that God is faithful.
Pray that God will begin to shift your mindset to one of gratitude. Thank Him for the grace He pours into our lives daily.