In the book of Exodus, we see the children of Israel under slavery in Egypt. God with great power delivered them through Moses. God’s desire was to lead them into the Promised Land but because of Israel disobedience, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years … not winning any victories, not possessing any land. One generation passed before Joshua finally led Israel into the Promised Land. The Promised Land … the land that is flowing with “Milk & Honey”, is God’s intention for every of His Children to enter. Sad to say many died in the wilderness because of “Unbelief”.
- Egypt represents a state of Poverty (Slavery)
- Wilderness represents a state of ‘Just Enough’ (Surviving)
- Promised Land represents a state of ‘More Than Enough’ (Surplus)
We were once in “Egypt”, under sin and in a state of poverty – poverty of soul and spirit. Jesus came and delivered us from “Egypt” and wanted to lead us into the Promised Land. Jesus said. “I came that they might have Life and have it Abundantly”. But instead of the “Promised Land”, many Christian ended up in the “Wilderness”. The “Wilderness” experience is one of barrenness and emptiness. When the Israelite were in the wilderness, God provided them with “Manna”
Ex 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven to you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for the day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instruction”. The “Manna” were just enough for the day. God wants us to have “More Than Enough” … don’t settle for “Just Enough”. Our God is a God of “More Than Enough”. When Jesus fed the 5,000 … they had more than enough, they collected 12 baskets full of ‘left-overs’. A “Just Enough” mentality is selfish … because you have nothing to share. God wants you to have “More Than Enough”, so that you can share with others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are “Stewards” not “Owners” of Wealth.