I was thinking about the Israelite’s wandering in the desert, as I drove along mulling life and frustrations. So often we (I, more appropriately) are like those hard headed Israelite soles, as they plodded through the wilderness with the Pillar of Smoke and Fire going before them. Always wondering where they were going, and ignoring the real way to get there all that time, as they looked for an external solution.
They needed to rest in Him and follow in faith. Seemingly easy, but what did they do? Everything else but what was needed, looking for the answer and their salvation in every other direction – often directions that annoyed the Lord.
How much like them we are as we rush along trying to define this and that, making things better and putting programs in place – all unrelated, and in fact often tangential, to plain Faith and a walk of trust in the Lord.
We are called as a people apart, and yet we strive so much to actual be part of the world. .
In the words of Francis Schaefer, “How then shall we live?”