From there they journeyed and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites, for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD, “Waheb in Suphah, And the wadis of the Arnon, And the slope of the wadis that extends to the site of Ar, And leans to the border of Moab.” From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Assemble the people, that I may give them water.” (Numbers 21:13-15, NASB)
The book of Numbers takes account of Israel’s journey toward the Promised Land. While they were in the wilderness, they encountered many enemies and complained against God. The Israelites complained so much they desired to return to Egypt, the place where they were enslaved for hundreds of years.
When we encounter wilderness times in our lives, it’s easy to complain. Feeling as if God has abandoned us, we may long for the yesteryears, when things were “better.” But if we do this, we can miss out on many of the hidden blessings that come along with wilderness seasons in our lives.
This happened with me when I first decided to leave my full time job to prepare for raising children at home. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have a school teacher or a parent or a boss dictating how I should spend my days. It felt both empowering and scary. What would I do with all this time God has given me? It also felt convicting as I pondered how I have been been a poor steward of my time in past seasons of my life.
But, during my personal wilderness, God has shown me this is a perfect time to draw near to Him and allow Him to mold me in areas which I have been weak in. Areas like time management, home management, and in spending personal time with Him. The wilderness is a training ground for growth.
And we are not alone during the wilderness. Just like the Israelite’s battles were carefully recorded in the “Book of the Wars of the Lord,” so our days even the seemingly dry days, are recorded in His book concerning us.
The question is: What will you do with them?