free his people resulted in Pharaoh forcing them into more bitter labor. When they finally left Egypt, God led them not by the easy route to the Promise Land, but into a ‘trap’ at the Red Sea and a wilderness. They encountered bitter water, lack of food and ultimately, giants in the Promised Land that caused them to fear for their children’s lives.
Yet, God was faithful to His Word that He gave Abraham, to bring the children of Israel into the Promise Land. God is taking us from ‘Egypt’ (a life of sin and it’s bondage) to freedom, and He is revealing Himself to us in the process. Yes, as in Psalm 23, sometimes He leads us through the valley of the shadow of death, to eat at a table with our enemies. (Imagine a lamb eating across from a snarling wolf – that’s not the meal I naturally want to be invited to!) God led His people to a land of giants. However, let’s be encouraged by Caleb’s words to his brethren: “Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.” Numbers 14:9
Don’t fear where God is leading you. “Giant” challenges that we naturally want to avoid, might just be the bread, the manna (the food from heaven) God wants to nourish us with on our journey. He uses difficult situations for our good, to help us grow.
Lord, thank You for the spiritual food You provide!
Pastor Dustin Linenberger