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Examples of Avoiders Who Ended Up in the Wilderness

Joyce Meyer (3)

I want to talk about two people in the Bible who ran away when they were afraid and how God helped them confront their fear.

Moses – God had a destiny for Moses. But at forty years old, Moses did something wrong and instead of facing Pharaoh, he fled and “dwelt in the land of Midian” (Exodus 2:15 NKJV), which was a desert wilderness area outside of Egypt. He spent the next forty years in a holding pattern. God had to work some things out of Moses before he was ready, at age eighty, to go back and lead the Israelites.

Hagar – In Genesis we read how this servant girl got caught up in a really bad situation with Abraham and his wife, Sarah. When Hagar became pregnant by Abraham, which was Sarah’s idea, this created a big fight between her and Sarah. So Hagar ended up running away. The Bible says she ended up in the wilderness by a spring. Then an angel of God told her, “Go back to your mistress and [humbly] submit to her control” (Genesis 16:9 AMP). Ouch. Although it was definitely unpleasant and, I’m sure, extremely hard to do, Hagar did face her difficult situation because she knew God wanted her to do it.

There are other examples in the Bible of those who failed to confront their issues and ended up in the wilderness. What about you? Are you in a wilderness today because you are fearfully avoiding confrontation? You don’t have to stay there all your life and keep running away from things. You can get out of that wilderness and live in the promised land God has for you—if you will start confronting issues.

Be like the teenage shepherd boy named David and run toward the Goliath you are facing. Confront the giant in your life and experience the victory God has for you!

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