WONDERING and WANDERING
by Jan Kindler
I feel like I have been wandering around in the wilderness for a long time, wondering what I should be doing. I haven’t been praying, reading the Word or studying like I used to. I am not obeying God and moving forward to the promise, and purpose that God has for me.
I thought about the Israelites. They had been delivered from slavery and they ended up wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years because they believed the negative report of those who checked out the promised land. They wondered why God had brought them out of Egypt. They didn’t see all that God had planned and proposed for them.
I haven’t been wandering around for 40 years, because I haven’t been free from the slavery of sin that long, but I haven’t crossed over to the promised land either.
Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He was there for 40 days, but He did not sin. He had a vision, a plan, and a purpose and He did not give in or give up. He didn’t wonder or wander. He knew and used the Word of God to come against the temptations in the wilderness.
It is easy to think or wonder what I should be doing, and then start to wander. My thoughts are not God’s thoughts. I need to know and use the Word to defeat the enemy and His lies. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13
God says that I can wonder and wander forever or I can — Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be healthy to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Pro. 3:5-8
Our understanding is our thoughts and our imagination. When we lean on, or trust in our thoughts, we will usually end up on the wrong path, going in the wrong direction, wandering around in the wilderness. Wondering and Wandering is not God’s plan. He has a plan and a purpose for our life. When we focus on Him and listen to Him, He will direct our paths. He will give direction and instruction to get to the promised land.
My vision has been sparked. “I should re-fire instead of retire”.