“Mom, what’s for breakfast?”
“Mom, what’s for lunch?”
“Mom, what’s for dinner?”
“Ugh…Mom. We’ve had that since forever!”
“Well, I’ve had it for 40 years…you’ll get used to it.”
Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.
When the Israelites fled Egypt and God protected and provided for them, they tended to forget His goodness, because things didn’t go as they thought they should (because, you know, humans are always so much smarter than God). When that led to them frustrating themselves, they ended up worshipping false gods and extending the time that it took to get to the Promised Land as God had promised.
Eventually, though, they made their way and they were blessed. No more manna…plain sustenance…instead, they had the delicious bounty of the land.
We turn our backs, get side-tracked and get lost at times–following what the World does, even if it is against God’s will. We also try to rush God’s work at times. We fail miserably because of those behaviors. In it all, God is always faithful with His provision and care, but when we FINALLY allow Him to work in His time and His way, without acting like petulant children, impatiently waiting for our parents’ promises and with, “But, you said…” moments of whining, we are given God’s best, His plan for us, and His bounty.
In our humanness, we learn these hard lessons. Sometimes it takes years, sometimes weeks or months. But we learn. We are no different from the people highlighted throughout the entire Bible that find their way back to God and His endless grace and mercy.
It is when we fail to acknowledge our lesson that we stay in that wilderness, wandering.
God wants so much more for us. He wants to bless us. We have to choose to allow God to do it through our obedience.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.