In the Old Testament we hear about the story of Moses and the Israelites. God’s chosen people, the Israelites, had been held captive as slaves to the Egyptians. God delivered his people and Moses lead the Israelites out of slavery toward the land God had promised his people. The road to the promise land was far from easy. Moses was given the task of leading these people through the wilderness. It was during this time God gave Moses the 10 commandments and what is known as the law.
The people were slaves. There was disorder and lawlessness. The Israelites were far from acting like God’s chosen people. These people were not ready for the promised land. God very much used the many years of journeying through the wilderness to prepare the people for what God had promised them. God’s people eventually arrived in the promise land but only after many years of journeying.
When we become a Christian. When we repent for our sin and have faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of our sins. When we get baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we to are given the promise of heaven. We receive the promise of our eternal destination of Heaven the ultimate promise land. Yet we are often very much like the Israelites. We have been freed from the slavery of sin yet we are now lost little sheep wandering in the wilderness.
God very much has a plan and purpose for each of his children. We have the promise of eternity. We have an eternal home that is being prepared for us. Yet we are often unprepared for this eternal home. God often has plans and purposes for us in the here and now. It is through this journeying that he prepares us. He sanctifies us. He prunes us. Jesus has given us the way to or heavenly home. But we often need to learn to follow his way. We have to learn to walk in obedience to his commands. We have to learn to lay aside the things that are not from God. We have to abide in Jesus so we do not become lost.
Our journey as we walk in obedience to Christ is often challenging. Just like the Israelites faced many challenges, battles, discipline and correction while on there journey to the promised land. We to face similar struggles. But just as the Israelites did eventually make it to the promised land we to will eventually make it to ours. God has begun a good work in us and may he finish the good work he started in each of us his children. Amen.