February 1, 2022 Prayer Domain Newsletter: In the Wilderness! 1

In the Wilderness!

February 1, 2022

My profound apologies for not having a newsletter last week. Let’s just say I found myself in the wilderness, not unlike the Israelites in Exodus. I’ve wondered at times if other pray-ers and intercessors have felt the same way. 

During the 10th plague, we read of Pharaoh’s and the Egyptians’ eagerness for the Israelites to leave – so much so that the Egyptians gave them everything they wanted. When they crossed the Sea of Reeds, Moses & Miriam sang a song of praise to the Lord found in Ch. 15. In Messianic Congregations and in Synagogues, the “Mi Kamocha” (Who is Like You?) is still sung today. The words are from 15:11:***

Who is like you, Adonai, among the gods?Who is like You, glorious in holiness,Awesome in praises, doing wonders?

However, we know that this was only part of an incredible adventure (with ups & downs, successes & failures) from which we can still learn much even today.

Three days after the celebration and song, scripture tells us that the people became thirsty; and they complained. In Ch. 16 the people grumbled about being hungry. If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted. How quickly they forgot about their oppression. First – they received the manna!Then came the quail. “You want meat! You got meat!” Read Numbers 11:4-35 for a rather descriptive telling of this story and its effects on the people.Time goes by and in Ch. 17 we read they are again complaining about being thirsty. “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (v. 3) Water comes forth from the rock. Now in verse 8 (same chapter) the Amalekites attack the Israelites. The Israelites were slaves, not fighters! The next 7 verses tell of NO grumbling, NO complaining, NO whining. In fact, it was just the opposite, the people worked together. Through the power of God’s might, the Israelites prevailed and defeated the Amalekites.

I’m always drawn to Exodus when I find myself spiritually wandering aimlessly. So, it made sense for me to revisit these verses as I struggled through my own “wilderness” of the past few weeks.  Mine did not include water or food, but instead, a kind of malaise (discontent) had settled over me. Not having my personal Moses, I turned to God.

What is wrong with me? Am I steeped in sin? Tell me, because nothing is coming to mind?Am I being affected by something going on in the spirit realm? Are battles taking place of which I am feeling the effects?Am I overwhelmed with the number of prayer needs for family, friends, church, work, city, state, country, and world? I know it is not about me – but where do I focus my attention?

As I pondered the scriptures and my own questions, I came upon an interesting conclusion. Just prior to the parting of the sea, Moses said to the people: “Don’t be afraid!....... Adonai will fight for you,….” (14:13-14) Regarding the war with the Amalekites, Moses said to Joshua: “……..Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand”…….When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed. But when he let down his hand, the Amalekites prevailed. (17:9b & 11) The Egyptians were destroyed by the power of God at the sea. Could this be another form of Adonai fighting for His people? Scripture tells us that when Moses’ arms were raised and the people saw this, the Israelites won.

We’ve seen that the people’s trust or belief in Adonai, the Lord, was very real when it came to the “big stuff”. The possibility of complete annihilation has the potential of being a great unifier. Yet, scripture is also transparent when it comes to the people’s failure to trust. Go back a moment to #2 where the Israelites complained about MEAT!  Read 12:38 (the start of the exodus): Also a mixed multitude went up with themalong with the flocks, herds, and heavy livestock. Can we surmise that the people were simply tired of what they currently had? After all, one may love chocolate, but if it was all you had, you’d get sick of it.

Is it easier to trust God in the impossible than it is for our daily needs – whatever they may be? I think many times it is – especially since most of our daily needs are easily met. Do we believe that God only fights for us in the impossible, but not in the daily? Again, we are not always aware or perhaps even cognizant of God's care daily. Then one day, we wake up and it feels like something is off-kilter in our spiritual walk. The complaining begins. But, be encouraged. I truly believe our heavenly Father is NOT offended when we come before Him with our questions or frustrations. While this season may last a few days or weeks, we must not want to remain in this state. We must not allow this to become a place of comfort. Psalms 121:1-2: I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  If you find yourself stuck – I pray the truths of Romans 15:13 over you: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Please note: The next Prayer Domain newsletter will arrive in your inbox on Thursday, February 10, and on each Thursday thereafter.

Blessings & Shalom,

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