Deuteronomy 2:7 For the Lord Your God has blessed you in everything you have done. He has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord Your God has been with you and you have lacked nothing.
During those periods when you garner God’s wisdom from every little thing and blessings abound daily so much so that they are impossible to miss, the excitement and joy are barely containable. We feel God’s love and touch and we experience a spiritual high thinking it will last forever.
But God doesn’t call us to live on the mountain. Deuteronomy 1:6 When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough.” If we stay on the mountain, we will not have the opportunity to grow our faith which is why God makes us leave for a while.
And even though He may send us to the hill country where there are trials, temptations and storms, He knows we can’t live out our lives here either. Deuteronomy 2:2-3 “Then at last the Lord said to me, “You have been wandering in this hill country long enough, turn to the north.”
While we wander in the wilderness, it is important to remember the experience of the mountaintop. We must recall the promises God has made to us and be obedient in our waiting. Complaining, blaming others and taking matters into our own hands will only delay our journey to the promised land of peace, love, joy and prosperity. Some people, because of their actions in the wilderness, never receive the promises during their lifetime. Look at the Israelites. God forced some of them to wander in wilderness until their death because the were constantly complaining, blaming Him and Moses and trying to live life in their own way.
Mountaintop experiences are wonderful. They are exciting, but we are promised more. We just have to travel the hill country and walk through the wilderness to get there. During this dry, arid time, give us glimpses of Your glory, a touch of Your blessing and a bucketload of grace and mercy. Help us experience the fire of the Holy Spirit as He leads us to the promised land. Amen.