Religion/Spirituality: Provision for Your Desert

Published by: on Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

Whether your desert is the economy, a bad medical report, a failed relationship or two, or you just find yourself bankrupt in emotions, whether you are alone or not, I have a WORD for you.

You do not have a provision problem.  You have a revelation problem.  Let me explain.

I have homeless friends today who were not homeless yesterday.  I have unemployed friends today who owned large corporations yesterday.  I have friends today who have medical diagnoses; physical, mental and emotional, who were the picture of health weeks, months, and a year ago.

Why are they standing on dry, parched ground?  Why are you?

What if the answer is relatively simple?  What if it is something you have heard before?  So many times, in fact, that the message is no longer hitting your soul, but hitting your shield?  What shield, you ask?

Your attention span.  Your belief system.  Your ability to follow instructions, be coachable, to begin and maintain a regimen of something that not only works, but that has been your right to invoke from the moment that you discover it?  Would you defend your procrastination, would you be angry at yourself for the spot you currently find yourself standing in?  Or would you step up and make your claim, and continue making it until you found yourself in your oasis?  Or Canaan?  Or Promised Land?

When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they were 3.6 million strong.   The Egyptians gifted them for their centuries of slave service by giving them gold, silver, linens, clothing, goats, sheep, donkeys, cows and camels.

To accommodate such a group, a campsite of 3 billion square feet would have been needed.  To cross the Red Sea, even if they lined up 50 people abreast, the column of people would still have extended back into the desert over 40 miles.  If you add in the crossing of their animals, the column would have extended back 120 miles.

Every man, woman and child of God crossed the sea to safety.  Not one animal or possession was lost.  The sea closed only on their enemies and the possessions and intentions of those enemies.

God also provided manna for food.  If it had not fallen from the sky, to feed that many people and animals, 210 railroad box cars would have been needed daily.  God also provided water in the desert—11 million gallons a day.  Trekking in this much water, if not done divinely, would have required 1,100 railroad tank cars, daily, pumping out 7,500 gallons a minute.

A train carrying those daily rations, by today’s measurements, would total 1,286 boxcars, that stretched for 10 miles from front to rear.  Since trains cannot pull that much weight, we would have to break that number down to 13 trains of 100 cars each, every single day.

Keep in mind clothes were never outgrown or worn out.  People aged, but did not die from sickness. 

God led them by cloud by day and fire by night.  And He performed more miracles on their journey than I am allotted word count for this blog.

So why the desert?  Why 40 years? 

The answer is on the tip of your tongue.

According to Proverbs 18:21, death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Deuteronomy 30:19 makes it even clearer by saying, “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."

Read Genesis Chapter One.  How many of the verses begin with, “And God said?”

What are you speaking over yourself, your family, your friends, your leaders, your economy, and your desert?

I know what you’re thinking.  If it were that easy, wouldn’t everybody be doing it?  Is there some small print in the Bible that makes this revelation work?  You know, “Plus tax, tag and title, WAC…”

I’m Preacher’s Kid.  I know where provision is; and next week, I’ll show you the way.