Is Your Mind Stuck in the Wilderness? (FFTJ #30)

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Today’s Devotion is “Is Your Mind Stuck in the Wilderness?”

Today’s Scripture Reading is from Joshua 5:6: “For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.”

The first few books of the Old Testament are given over to the experiences of the children of Israel–how God brought them out of bondage in Egypt and after much disobedience and forgiveness, how God ultimately gave them the Promised Land. However, as I repeatedly read the story of the children of Israel, something interesting stands out to me. Why did a journey that was supposed to take only 11 days end up taking 40 years? That is an amazing 14,600 days by today’s measurements!

The Israelites had the Promised Land right there in front of them, but instead of making a straight shot to it, they wallowed in their current place. I thought about the question above and came to the conclusion that the Israelites had there minds stuck in the wilderness. The Israelites unnecessarily stayed in the wilderness for 40 years, focused more on their problems than on the promise.


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