Everyone who has ever been camping knows it takes a lot of work to set up camp. And then, when your fun has come to a close, it takes work to pack that camp back up again. In Numbers 33, Moses lists the various places where Israel made camp on their journey in the wilderness. In their forty years, I counted forty places named where they camped. And this wasn’t for pleasure. This was with all of their possessions, all of their children, all of their livestock. What a lot of work! On top of that, they had to pack up and move the tabernacle each time, as well. Wow.
I cannot imagine how happy they must have been when finally they were heading to the promised land, where, after conquering it, they would be able to settle down, plant crops, and build homes, real homes!
In Numbers 34, the borders are given for the territory promised to the sons of Israel. They are clearly indicated by mountains and seas and rivers and the Mediterranean itself. Anyone who doubts that the nation of Israel has a right to their land today should read that chapter. And by the way, their borders of today are much smaller than what was given to them by God originally.
As I read all of this, I thought of how we are wanderers in a wilderness of sorts, strangers in the land. Our real home, our promised land, is heaven. We were not created to live in a fallen world, with death and decay. If we have settled down and become too comfortable here, we should wake up and take care, lest we lose sight of our purpose while on this earth- to bring glory to God, to follow and live for Him, to love others and show them Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life! Following God’s plan for our life is the only truly joy-filled way to live. 🙂
“You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:23
Is your heart heavy, perhaps even broken, as you see what is going on in this world around us? Do the news headlines, the choices being made by those you care about, weary your soul? Good! Our hearts should be like the heart of God. We should not be comfortable with the sinful, broken ways of the world. We should be crying out to God to save those around us, bind back Satan, forgive our nation. We need to be asking Him to give us His love for everyone around us.
And we should be looking ahead, to when we will be truly home and no longer wandering strangers.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” ~ Hebrews 11:13-16 (KJV)