Because of disobedience, the nation of Israel was turned back from the border of their promised land to wander in the desert for forty years:
And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness ; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. (Numbers 14:26-32)
The emphasis in this sad account is usually on those who missed their destiny and died in the wilderness--those who had murmured, complained, and rebelled against God. But someone else walked through the wilderness for those forty years, and that was the new generation that was being raised up by God. These young people were being prepared to fulfill destiny.
A desert is any difficult time when you feel alone and abandoned and you aren't quite sure what is going on in your life. You will undoubtedly experience deserts on the pathway to destiny, but they will not always caused by your sin. The older generation of Israelites experienced the desert because of their sin, but the young people were being prepared for the future.
You do not have to join the generation with negative attitudes, rebellious and sinful ways, those who will die in the desert. You are part of a new generation that being raised up by God to fulfill divine destiny. On the road to fulfilling your vision, you will experience difficult times--dry places that seem like a wilderness. But you will not die in there. You are being prepared for the future:
This is what the Lord says..."Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland...I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” (Isaiah 43:16, 18-20)
This month, we will focus on desert experiences in the Bible, gleaning truths to apply in our own difficult times in life. Like the new generation of Israelites, a desert experience is vital to your destiny. It is in difficult times that you are being prepared to accomplish great things in the future.
My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.