The way we see the world is often wrong. We see what is happening right now–the coronavirus pandemic–and panic in isolation. We focus on current problems and miss God’s constant provisions. Israel did the same as they wandered through the wilderness for 40 years.
A constant theme surfaces in the book of Exodus and Numbers. God rescues and provides, and the people grumble and complain. They hunger for Egypt’s food, and God gives them bread from heaven. They thirst for water from the Nile, and God gives water from the Rock. They see what is lacking, but with God, they lack nothing.
In the wilderness, Israel felt abandoned, alone, and wanting. Yet in the wilderness the had everything they needed–and more.
Here is God’s perspective on the wilderness.
Deut. 2:7 — “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.”’
In the wilderness, Israel (newly rescued from slavery) had God’s blessing, provision, and presence. Where is God in their suffering? Near and watching, ready to provide and lead if they will turn to Him.
And here we are in a COVID-19 kind of wilderness. We are isolated from friends, banned from restaurants, with no sports to watch or malls to shop. So where is God in the midst of all of this? He is in the same place He was before.
Near. With. In.
What is God doing?
Blessing. Providing. Leading.
Our vision is not always 2020. Our perspective is not always the whole picture. We look at the curses and often miss the blessings in the middle.
We have a wilderness to get through, but not alone, for God is near. Let’s continue to see Him, trust Him, and walk with Him. And if you feel alone, that’s a lie, for God is near.