As I am browsing through the net, I came across this hymn which is quite meaningful. It enlighten me and supply me.
If God leads you to walk
A way that you know,
It will not benefit you as much as
If He would lead you to take the way
That you do not know.
This forces you to have
Hundreds and thousands of
Conversations with Him,
Resulting in a journey that is an
Between you and Him.
Although we do not know what is our way, but he is there to guide us. What we need to do is just to follow His leading. His leading is different from ours. Just as the pillar guides the Israelite. Many times we think that He will lead us upward, but the way prepared for us is a downward direction in order that we may sense the need of resurrection life. By this we may experience the resurrection after experiencing the cross, just as the Israelite passing through Marah to Elim.
Although it is a downward direction, we do not need to fear, because as we arrive at Elim, there is the flowing and the growing life as typified by twelve spring of water and seventy palm trees. As we enjoy such fullness of life enabled us to fight to carry out God’s purpose to build His habitation.
At the end of 15:27 we are told that the children of Israel “encamped there by the waters.” The word encamped indicates that God’s people had been formed into an army. The flowing and growing life supplies God’s people as His army. When we come to chapter seventeen, we shall see God’s people entering into battle as an army. At Elim they were full of enjoyment of life that made them qualified for fighting. This enabled them to fight to carry out God’s purpose to build His habitation.
At Sinai, God’s people received the heavenly vision related to the building of the tabernacle. The long journey from Egypt to Sinai could not be made without fighting. At first, the people did not do the fighting themselves. God fought for them and defeated Pharaoh and his army by destroying Pharaoh and his chariots in the waters of the Red Sea. After God’s people had crossed the Red Sea and had the experiences at Marah and Elim, they were strengthened as God’s army and qualified to fight for God’s purpose. This was the reason that God did not fight for them in chapter seventeen. They themselves could fight through the flowing and growing life.
If we would be strengthened as God’s army today, we also must firstly experience the flowing of the twelve springs and the growing of the seventy palm trees. We need the perfect and complete flowing life and growing life. Only then shall we be qualified and equipped as an army to fight for God’s purpose. In the Lord’s recovery we have the consciousness of being engaged in spiritual fighting. We are not merely settled in our localities; we are encamped in them. In order to fight, it is not sufficient simply to eat the Passover lamb with the bitter herbs and the unleavened bread. We also need to experience the cross and the resurrection; that is, we must pass through Marah and arrive at Elim.
As we consider the implications of 15:27, we realize that we also need to come to Elim. I have the assurance that, at least to some extent, the churches in the Lord’s recovery are camping at Elim, enjoying the twelve springs and the seventy palm trees. How we thank the Lord for this picture of resurrection life! Have you seen the springs flowing and the palm trees growing? Have you seen that the result of this flowing and growing life is an army strengthened to fight for God’s purpose? Praise Him that we are His army encamped by the flowing and growing life!
Retrieve from: Life study of Exodus Msg 31