It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. (Deuteronomy 1:2 NKJV)
Kadesh-Barnes as at the very entry to the land of Canaan itself. Thus only eleven days after leaving Mount Sinai, the children of Israel would have entered Canaan. Yet because of their unbelief, they wandered in the wilderness for thirty-eight long years before their descendants finally entered the land. What a circuit they had traveled!
How many days have we wasted in our spiritual journey? All too many, I fear. Problems that might have been solved for years. Like the Israelites, we circle around in the wilderness, wasting God’s time and our own. Instead let us heed His voice exhorting us to hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm to the end. His ways are straightforward. He has a promised rest for us to enter.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’ (Revelation 2:7 NKJV)
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 AMP)
The Word is like God-eternal. It cannot be destroyed. He watches over it to make it good. His Word brought man into being. He is building Himself into man through the Word. The Word is a part of Himself, and it is this Self that is changing the conduct of believers and bringing them into harmony with Himself.
He shares Himself with us; He gives us His nature in the New Creation. He makes Himself one with us. We are united with Him in the New Birth. We are to take advantage of this union. His nature gives us a new ability, new wisdom and we must take advantage of it.
His strength is ours. His life is ours. His health is ours. His ability is ours. The Word says that you are healed. Get used to acting on the Word.
I know at times you feel as if you are all alone, but that feeling is further from the truth than you can imagine. As you follow God, you have a number of examples of His presence in your life. In addition to always being presence with you. I have sent to you the Holy Spirit, who guides,encourages, and comforts you. But there is one more form of His companionship that is often overlooked or taken for granted, the special communion you can have with other believers.
He loves to be with you, and He longs for you to seek Him with all your being. He created you so that we could be in relationship with each other.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1 Corinthians 12:27 KJV)
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21 KJV)
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. (Psalms 37:7 KJV)
One who is at rest in God is not easily excited by outward stresses. His inner strength is what allays his anxieties and troubles of mind. To each hurricane there is an eye. At the circumference the wind whirls violently, but the eye, deep at the center, is most calm.
The Lord Jesus was never put off balance by outside influences. Even at the last, when a band of soldiers came to seize Him with torches and weapons, He stepped forward and asked them whom they were seeking. Being told that they sought Jesus of Nazareth, He calmly answered, “I am He.” Met by Him, they retreated and fell on the ground. Those who would seize Him were terrified of the One to be seized, whereas the external stresses had no power to move Him.
At the center of His being, the eye of the storm, He was at rest with God.