The Wilderness of Sin

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Truly remarkable is the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. When we really examine the scenes of this journey we can catch a glimpse of our own lives. Most of humanity has spent time under the rule of oppression. I too have felt the whip of Pharaoh’s taskmaster in my life, but I have watched countless times as God’s divine hand reached into my bondage and brought me out! Where would we be today if not for the grace of God? Where would our families be today if not for God’s mercy?

As remarkable as Israel’s exodus was, it’s their journey towards Canaan that captures my attention. It is a symbol of God’s divine plan, not just to bring you out of sin, but to take you into a land flowing with milk and honey! I’m so glad that when I gave my life to God, I didn’t have to try and life for Him in the same mess He found me in, but his goodness and mercy led me to a “new dimension” of favor! Thank God for blessings!

As I read of Israel’s journey out of Egypt, I see an all too familiar scene unfold in Exodus 16. Israel has only been out of Egypt for 2 months when the Bible says that Israel found themselves in a wilderness of Sin. I am of the opinion, that once God brings you out of Egypt, you will find a wilderness of sin along your journey towards Canaan. Oh I’d love to tell you that Canaan comes immediately after Egypt, but truth be told there is a journey that must be traveled!

Because once God takes you out of Egypt, He then must take Egypt out of you!

As I examine the spectrum of Christianity I see the reality of people wandering in the wilderness of Sin. You see in this wilderness it gets lonely; in this wilderness it feels like your lost; in this wilderness you begin to wonder if you made the right decision or not; in this wilderness your family and your friends begin to turn their backs on you! For in this wilderness Israel said this..

Exodus 16:2-3

“And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Mose and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full, for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

As Israel wandered through this wilderness they began to reminisce about the good ol’ days. Remember in Egypt when we sat by the fire, pots roasting on the fire. We had all kinds of bread there too. Everyday was like a feast of some kind, we never seemed to be hungry in Egypt. Now the pains of hunger grip their stomachs, the chill of the night breathes down their necks and suddenly those reminiscent memories begin to taunt them. If you would’ve stayed in Egypt you wouldn’t be in this wilderness. If you would’ve never listened to Moses and Aaron life would be so much easier right now! Who are they to tell you how to live, where to go, and what to do? Who do Moses and Aaron think they are? This is all their fault!

I sense in my spirit today that there are precious people in this wilderness, listening to those same deceptive voices. When I was in the world I had money to pay my bills, now my Pastor is always harping about tithes! Back then I could watch what I wanted, go where I pleased, act how I wanted! I never wanted anything because I got whatever I wanted. Now, I’m stuck out here wandering around looking for some promises! Maybe I should just go back to my old job, maybe I should just go back to my old lifestyle! 

There is a reason Solomon in his wisdom declared in Ecclesiastes 7:10, “Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these?” Solomon had experimented in all the pleasures of the world seeking something to fulfill his soul. After his exhaustive search Solomon discovered “all is vanity”. In other words Solomon discovered that there is nothing in this world that can fill the hunger of your soul!

What Israel didn’t realize is that God was allowing them to starve in that wilderness. The bread of Egypt would never satisfy these Hebrews, yet they longed for it! It’s all they knew! What they didn’t know was God was already cooking up some bread in heaven! Only this bread wasn’t of this world!

I want to encourage somebody who may be wrestling with the hunger you feel. Don’t settle for Egyptian bread, not when God is trying to prepare you for the bread of life!

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