Have you ever been in a place where you feel like you have faced challenge after challenge, and battle after battle? A place where you’ve had breakthrough, only to deal with yet another challenge right afterward? I believe when we are in seasons of growth, and breakthrough, we often face unusual warfare.
Recently God has been reminding me of the story in the book of Exodus, Israel’s walk through the wilderness to the promised land. This was a journey God led them on. It was a journey to freedom, joy, peace, happiness, growth, and goodness. But it didn’t come without its challenges or warfare. What strikes me so much about this story, is that God showed up for the Israelites in HUGE ways. He came in with wonders and miracles, and saved them. But, the story that most people know and focus on is the parting of the red sea, when God stepped in and parted an entire sea, so that the Israelites could flee from the Egyptians on dry land. What’s interesting to me about this story, is that you would think that THIS, was their big breakthrough. You would think that the parting of the sea was the end to all their troubles, and on the other side they would be in the promised land. But that is not how the story goes. The Egyptians passed through the sea, but they still had to walk through the desert. But God made streams for them in the desert so they would not go thirsty. They still had to walk through the wilderness, but God made a way for them through the wilderness. They still had to face hunger, but God gave them manna from heaven. They still had to face battles, but God made them victorious when they lifted their hands to him.
It is so easy when we go through these seasons of transition, growth, and breakthrough to wonder if the challenges will ever end. To wonder if the promise we are standing on is really coming, or if it was just a pipe dream. But, look at what the Israelites faced. Did those challenges deny what God had promised? No. They may have had to go through challenge after challenge, and experience many little breakthroughs along the way, but God still led them to the promised land. They still got their promise. His word never returns void. His promise always stands. So, no matter what you are facing today. Whether it is a battle, or another breakthrough moment to praise Him on the journey. Know that as long as you keep walking toward the promise, you will still reach it.
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