9 They moved from Marah and came to Elim. At Elim were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there.
Today’s Inspiration: Dwelling on anger is not good for our soul as it might lead to bitterness which is toxic for our body. Leaving anger the land of Marah is the way to go that will lead us to Elim the land of refreshing. When we are refreshed by the wind of the spirit in this land, we breathed in fresh revelations to move forward. The 70 palm trees are talking about the 70 elders that will help Moses to judge all cases without partiality and without fear of men for judgement belongs to God. Numbers 33:9, Deuteronomy 1:17.
Fear of men has always been our problem causing us not to abide to the strategies laid out by God for our victory. Like the Israelites, we are hesitant to move forward but prefers to move around the mountain. The Lord said we have stayed long enough. Deuteronomy 1:6. Go in and take possession. V8. Do not be afraid and do not be discouraged. V21. We are unable to take possession of the promises because we see people stronger and taller than us. V28. We should see God who is stronger and mightier. If David saw Goliath as the giant, he would not have defeated him. He is confident of his skill but this could not conquer Goliath. Only when he sees God Almighty as mightier than the giants was he able to conquer Goliath.
God posed a challenge to take possession of the promised land. We are unable to take possession unless we have childlike faith and fully trust the Lord. Our faith needs to be tested. Anger at people’s rebellion should not overtake us but allow God to lead us out. Moses could not control his anger against the rebellion and had no faith to speak forth for a miracle to be manifested. For that he could not go in to possess despite his pleading to the Lord. V37.
Many a time we have no faith because of lack of provision and seeing the task before us commissioned by God as too big for us to accomplish. The Lord wants to encourage you in Deuteronomy 2:7 that He has blessed all the work of your hands and has watched over your journey in the wilderness. He had been with you all these years and lacked nothing. Why are you then afraid to move away from fears? God has again and again told us not to be afraid or terrified. He will go before you and fight for you as He did all these years. Deuteronomy 1:20-21.
The 38th year in the wilderness is a crucial year. We either die in the wilderness or be set free. On the 38th year the generation of fighting men perished from the camp Deuteronomy 2:14 -15. and replaced with a new generation who possessed the land. Deuteronomy 1:39. 38th year is therefore a crucial year and turning point of our life. Will you be willing to be free after 38 years in the wilderness? If so move from Moses mentality to Joshua mentality and prosper and be significant to your community. Joshua 1:9. God be praised!