Today was a rainy day, and the recording will testify to that. Nevertheless, we thank God for His water in a dry and weary land; the Wilderness. Quite strangely this gave an ambience to today’s sermon.
The wilderness is also often synonymous with pain and suffering, but this is also the place where we hear God’s voice the most, because that is the time when many of us really and truly cling to Him. Unfortunately, this is not true for a lot of Christians, and when trials and trouble comes their way then that is the time they give up on God and become disillusioned with Him. I find it quite ironic though because the very word, “disillusioned” implies that God was actually an illusion to begin with! God may have indeed seemed sort of real in the beginning, especially when a person gave their life to Christ, but unfortunately and most likely it could possibly have been because of the hype and emotions that that person experienced and maybe even the goose-bumps that he or she may have felt. Obviously there could be hundreds of other reasons that I do not have time to mention, but the fact remains that; just like the seed that fell on rocky, when the time of testing comes they fall away (Luke 8).
Trials are there and come our way so that God can get “Egypt out of us”. In other words, trials come so that we might press into God and as that good old song says; “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful face; and the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace”.
The more pertinent question is: How enculturated have we become in “Egypt” as opposed to The New Way – The New Culture – in Christ. He is always busy getting that enculturation out of us and thereby enculturating us into His way! This, my friends, is an everyday, every minute and every second journey with Him; reading His word and living His word!