This was the regular pattern – at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire. Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the LORD’s command wherever he told them to go. – Numbers 9:16-18
2 Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.
3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell.
5 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the LORD your God disciplines you for your own good.
7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills.
14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.
15 Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!
16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good.
17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, “I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.”
18 Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful.
Trails Momentum of Henderson, N.C. is a therapeutic outdoor-adventure program for young adults based upon Wilderness Therapy.
For young adults, Wilderness Therapy can be a life-changing experience. Through wilderness therapy, young adults can step outside of their comfort zone and forge real personal growth. It takes people out of their safe place zones and pushes their boundaries. It provides new goals and passions. It tests and confirms faith and provides confidence. Those who successfully navigate Wilderness Therapy see themselves in a new light and discover the inner strength they never knew they had.
It provides young people the opportunity to discover their inner selves. They learn who they are and what they are capable of. Their inner strengths and weaknesses become known. Through facing and overcoming challenges, people develop self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of achievement and accomplishment.
Wilderness Therapy is nothing new, the Father used it to transition and transform a generation of Israelites from being slaves to becoming stalwart newcomers in the Promised Land. One distinctive of the Father’s Wilderness Therapy program is that He is always present with you. You are never alone in the wilderness.
The Father was not just present with His people as an observer, He led them. Through the cloud, the Lord would tell Israel when they were to set out and when they were to camp. He would decide how long they were to remain in a particular place, whether one night or two days or a month or a year (Numbers 9:22). The Father guided them and directed them on every leg of their journey (Duguid and Hughes).
REFLECT & PRAY
How blessed we would be if we would go when the Father told us to go and stay when the Father told us to stay! Obedience brings blessings (Stanley).
Father many children of the King are reticent to travel or move about. You use Wilderness Therapy to transform lives. Encourage me to be willing to follow You wherever Your love leads.
The Father’s sovereign and purposeful leadership of His people is seen in how He led them in the wilderness. The Israelites remained where they were just as long as God wanted them to remain there. Their experiences along the way were not accidental but providential (Wenham). The people had to be ready for immediate departure on any day, and they had to follow the Father every day until the cloud stopped – which required continual obedience to the Father’s visible guidance (ESV – Notes).
“There was no place for fussing and crying out, ‘Are we there yet?’ What they had to do was watch the cloud and follow carefully wherever it went. . . This journey is at the will of the Lord himself and under his direction every step of the way” (Duguid and Hughes).
“It took forty years and the death of a generation to help them trust Him more than their own eyes or fears” (Mart DeHaan).
What does it take for us?