If you have not read the previous post, KADESH, I encourage you to do so. While this post can stand alone, it is a chapter taken from my book, ENCOUNTER THE LIVING WORD, which follows the chapter and previous post, KADESH.
Just as Kadesh Barnea was a place of decision for the Israelites, each one of us now lives in the spiritual wilderness of Kadesh Barnea. It is the threshold of intimate relationship with God where we will be faced with the decision to choose to love and fear the Lord, to serve Him with sincerity and faithfulness that comes from a new heart of humility and surrender; or to choose to go another way, following after the lusts of the flesh that come from a rebellious, prideful heart.
I encourage and caution you just as Joshua admonished God’s people in Joshua 24:14-31 that begins, “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord…”
The people of Israel did serve God in action during the life of Joshua and the elders with him, but their hearts did not change and they eventually failed. In consequence, they were conquered by enemy nations, enslaved once again and scattered far from their Promised Land.
But God, in His mercy, brought them back around to the place of decision, a spiritual Kadesh Barnea. Continue reading