“I was reading in the letter to the Hebrews this morning,” Stan began, “where the writer was focusing on the subject of the Jews wandering around the desert for forty years.”
“Forty years wandering around in the desert,” I replied. “I’m not sure I’ve ever understood what that was all about.”
“I think the writer nailed it,” Stan said, “where it says the Jews were not able to enter the Promised Land because of unbelief.”
“As simple as that?” I responded. “Their unbelief?”
“As simple and as complicated as that!” Stan replied. “And I can certainly relate.”
“In what way?” I asked.
“I wandered around my own desert of unbelief for way too long before I came to accept the truth of what God did for me through the finished work of Jesus on the cross.”
“That finished work has given me the assurance of spending the rest of eternity with God when it’s time,” Stan added. “As well, God has given me the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide, help, and counsel me in entering into God’s ongoing work on this side of eternity.”
“I guess there’s no need to continuing wandering,” I replied, “if the ability to stop wandering is readily available.”
“Bingo and Amen!” Stan exclaimed. “But it’s not just a guess; it’s the truth!”
“But,” he continued, “the ability to stop wandering in the desert of unbelief usually comes about because someone else who has stopped wandering tells another how to do the same thing.”
“The Jews wandered for forty years,” Stan added, “because they failed to believe.”
“Just think,” he concluded, “of all the people out there who are wandering in their own desert of unbelief because they don’t know how to stop wandering.”
“And why don’t they know?” I asked.
“Because no one has bothered to tell them,” Stan replied. “Is there someone you need to tell so they can stop wandering?”
And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19.
How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:14.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the truth of your provision of life eternally with you through the finished work of Jesus. Thank you for those who told me the truth so I could accept it by faith and stop wandering in the desert of unbelief. You bring people before me each day who are wandering the way I was. Too often I fail to tell them the truth so they, too, can stop wandering. Please forgive me. And please help me in following your lead in telling everyone you want me to tell so they will be able to stop wandering without the truth. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Have you stopped wandering in the desert of unbelief? If not, why? If you have stopped wandering, can you point to a specific person who told you how to do that? If you are no longer wandering, are there people in your life who need to hear how they, too, can stop wandering in their own desert of unbelief? Are you willing to do that? Why or why not? If you are willing, do you know how to do that? If you don’t, do you know where to get the help?