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When God Has You Where You Don't Want To Be...

Has your wilderness worn you out?

Serving God is a beautiful and awe-inspiring experience, but it also can feel like a roller-coaster. You see the fruit of your labor in others at the top. You plunge to the down as you grow impatient waiting on your own promised land. Sometimes, it can make you want to scream.

Have you ever heard someone say, "The closer you get to what God has for you, the more challenging the journey will be?" I believe it. I believe we encounter unexpected, unanticipated trials about which we can only say there must be an unconventional, unexpected, unanticipated blessing on the other side. But when the test starts to feel like torture, we can start to lose our desire to see things through to the end. We start asking questions like...

Why would God put me in a position that will cause me more pain?

Why is He keeping me in a place He knows I don't want to be?

For forty years, the children of Israel roamed the desert, and now, at the brink of deliverance, God is requiring one more thing... circumcision.

At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.” So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth. ~Joshua 5:2-3 (New International Version)

But why? Here are 3 reasons God will put us in a position we don't want to be in.

#1 - To receive the Promise, all doubt must die.

The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord. For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us,a land flowing with milk and honey. ~Joshua 5:6

As much as we say we want that thing God has for us, it can still be hard to believe it will come true. Pieces of Egypt still lingered with Israel, causing them to them to follow their fear rather than His favor.

Doubt has no destination, but you do. What God has for you really is for you. Give yourself a clean slate. Allow God to cut away that piece of you that diminishes His divine will for your life.

#2 - What remains must still be tested.