The God Who Marches pt. 2

thirstednot-jesusindesert2“O God, when You went forth before Your people,

When You marched through the wilderness,

The earth quaked;

The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;

Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.”

-Ps. 68.7-8

Are you being moved and driven by what you see in your wilderness? By what men are saying about you? By negative pressures surrounding you on every side?

This Psalm is a visionary recollection of Israel’s supernatural exit from Egypt, when the mighty right hand of God paved a way for them to enter the wilderness, where they would have a greater opportunity to encounter Him. They all saw the mountain quake when the Lord settled down upon it, but only Moses spoke to Him “face to face, as a man speaks to a friend.” They were all in the wilderness, and God was present manifestly, but only those who were willing to step outside of the temporal view of circumstances and trial were permitted to come into priestly reality. Moses endured, “seeing Him who is invisible.” (Heb. 11.27b)

In the wilderness times, men will do one of two things. They will build something idolatrous to set before their hearts, to adore and give themselves to, just as the children of Israel did with the golden calf. Or, they will contend for the faith and courage to honor and love the “God who marches through the wilderness.”

All of the disciples in the boat during the storm saw Jesus’ form with their physical eyes. They saw Him walking on the moving waters. But only Peter laid hold of faith by “seeing Him who is invisible.” The others saw His form, but Peter saw the “God who marches through the wilderness.” This liberated Him to walk as Jesus Himself was walking, namely, on the foundations of supernatural grace. Are you seeing Him today? Lift your sights, saints. The Lord of hosts is marching…

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