Exo 15:27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.
Contrary to Israel’s expectation, the journey from the red sea was not smooth. God told them he was no Father Christmas. He is a loving God but a proving/testing God. God promises a glorious destination, as well as his grace and presence along the way but he never promises a comfortable journey. The discomforts in the way are God’s instruments to test our faith and perseverance. Only those who believe and endure to the end shall enter God’s promise.
It is interesting that after lacking water and tasting bitter water, the next location Israel will arrive was Elim, where there were twelve wells of water. It means ahead of the journey, after the period of lack is abundance provision. Waiting for the thirsty 12 tribes of Israel are 12 wells and palm trees to provide shade and comfort. If you can just endure the current hardship standing in faith, you will soon enter a season of abundance.
It is observable that the exact thing that the Israelites lacked in the journey was what existed in abundance in their future. Likewise, what you are desperate about now exist in abundance in the future the Lord has for you. In other words, the devil will tempt you with what you will later control.
Joseph was tempted with the freedom and power wrapped in fornication. If he gave in to Potiphar’s wife seduction, he would enjoy some special privileges but he would still remain Potiphar’s slave. But after enduring the hard journey, Joseph got to his destination where he had unlimited freedom and power and even Potiphar’s family became part of his subjects.
What you lack now exist in abundance in your future. Don’t offer to become a slave to the man who is supposed to serve you later just because he offers you a little of what you will still possess in abundance in the future. Endure and believe God to the end.
The consciousness of the worth of your glorious future will help you to endure and overcome temptations. In John 4 Jesus was thirsty and would have been tempted by the flirty and talkative Samaritan woman he had requested water. Throughout their discussion Jesus did not present his lack, rather he projected his glorious identity in destiny: the water of life and Saviour. “I may look like an ordinary young man who needs water badly; nevertheless I am conscious that through me the water of salvation shall be given. Why would I lose this destiny over a cup of water?”
You must also never define yourself by the hard conditions of your journey but by the glory of your destination. It will be a great tragedy to lose the destination because you desperately want comfort when you are still in transit. Endure to the end!
You shall enter into your abundance in Jesus name!
By Dr Oyindamola Adejumo-Ayibiowu