When God told Moses that He was sending him to bring His children out of Egypt, that was a prophetic word. That was a promise. But when Moses obeyed God and did what He told him to do, Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israel go.
At first, Moses was discouraged. It seemed like what God said wasn’t going to come to pass. But instead of being upset with the enemy who was opposing him, he was angry with God. Why did you send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, neither have you delivered your people at all (Exodus 5:22-23).
That’s what the enemy wants us to do. He wants us to blame God for something he did. He wants us to think that what God told us to do isn’t working and that it will never work.
Had Moses not obeyed God and confronted Pharaoh and speak to him again and again, what God said would have never come to pass, but he kept speaking to that ‘mountain’ until God removed him.
I know some of you are getting a little weary, but this is not the time to quit and this is not the time to be silent.
Don’t stop speaking to whatever is trying to block you, stop you or hinder you. Continue to say what God said. If you don’t speak it, you will never see it. God has given you a mouth and wisdom (Luke 21:15). Use your mouth to create and use your heart to believe what you want to see.
You have been talking about it long enough. Now it’s time to speak to it.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says (Mark 11:23).
Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me…that walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth (Isaiah 30:1-2).
The Assyrian army was going to attack Israel first and then Judah. God already knew what Judah was going to do. They were going to try to make their enemy, their friend. They thought they would have greater success if they joined forces with Egypt, but it was already prophesied that Egypt would fall to Assyria, which meant that when Egypt fall, Judah would fall also. God didn’t have to send a prophet to His people, but because He loved them, He warned them.
Judah was aware that they needed help, but they were asking for advice from everyone except God. They never asked God if it was okay to go to Egypt. They just made a decision without Him. They thought Pharaoh was the answer, but Pharaoh was really the problem. Egypt couldn’t protect them and in the end, they would only be disappointed and embarrassed because the Egyptians are only men, not God (Isaiah 31:3).
The reason why some of us don’t ask God for advice before we make certain decisions is because we are afraid He is going to say no. We are afraid that God is going to tell us something that we don’t want to hear.
Let’s say for example, you’re dating someone. Because this is the person YOU want to marry, you refuse to ask God for advice because you don’t want Him to tell you that this person is not the wife or husband He picked for you. You’ve already made plans and you don’t want God’s plan to change your plan.
Maybe you’re tired of being single and you think you’re ready for marriage now, but God sees what is going to happen in the near future if you make a decision without consulting Him first. What you think is going to be an answer just may become a problem. Remember, the person you are about to join yourself to is just a man or a woman. They are not God. They are not a Healer and they are not a Savior.
If you’re not sure about anything else, know that God loves you. If He didn’t, He wouldn’t warn you before you go in the wrong direction or convict you when you do wrong. He does care for you and He doesn’t want you to make a decision that will only bring you disappointment and shame.
Jesus is called our Counselor and God has placed counselors around us. I know Proverbs 11:14 speaks about the condition of a nation without wise leadership, but even in your personal life, where there is no counsel, you will fall.
Before you make a permanent decision, seek godly counsel, ask for advice and then follow the advice.
Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).
settled: to stand firm, be stationed, take an upright position, to be fixed, to be ready, to be planted
And wherefore have you made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? It is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink (Numbers 20:5).
When twelve spies were sent to investigate the land, they brought back grapes, figs and pomegranates for the children of Israel to taste and see. O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that trusts in him (Psalm 34:8). God promised to bring them up and out of Egypt and into a land flowing with milk and honey, but they were complaining because where they were, didn’t look like what God promised. They no longer believed what was told to them.
They were tired of the wilderness, but the wilderness was necessary. They acted like their new home was the wilderness, but it was designed for them to go through, not to live in. This place was preparing them for the next place, but they didn’t like this season of their life and what was good for them was now labeled as evil.
Seed makes things grow, but even in a place that had no seed, God always made sure they were fed. There was no water in the wilderness, yet they drank water. But they were still not satisfied.
I know they say that nothing grows in the wilderness, but the children of Israel should have been growing and maturing. The wilderness journey was their time to learn how to believe, trust and to depend on God. They couldn’t see Him, but they saw His works, signs, wonders and His glory. They didn’t know Him and this was their opportunity to learn of Him. This was a time of testing to reveal to them what was in their hearts. The word of God should be hidden in our hearts, but sometimes we have things hiding in our hearts that shouldn’t be there.
The lack of seed wasn’t the problem. The problem was that they refused to become a seed. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit (John 12:24). To become more than a seed, it must first die. Then, it can bear fruit.
I loved that the Israelites remembered what God said, but they still didn’t believe what He said. God wanted to bless them, but if they didn’t allow Him to prepare, teach and train them for where He was taking them, what was supposed to be a blessing would become a curse.
Both the Israelites and Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness, but the difference between them was Jesus knew who He was (Son of God). When satan showed him all the kingdoms of the world and tempted him with power and glory, He already knew that the earth was His (Psalm 24:1). Also, He just didn’t know the written word, but He knew the God of the written word.
We know that the children of Israel walked a lot during their journey because the scriptures tell us that their feet never swelled and their shoes were never worn out, but not everyone crossed the Jordan and not everyone entered into the land that God promised. Jesus also walked a lot during his ministry and he walked until he walked to Golgotha. He walked to his crucifixion. He walked until he fulfilled the will of His Father.
I’m not telling you that Jesus never grew weary. According to John 4:6, he did. But like Jesus, I pray that we all walk in obedience, faith and belief in what God said until we walk into what God has promised us.
The word of the Lord is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). May we become settled in what is forever settled in heaven.