10 They do always err [go astray] in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
This in an interesting verse that brings out 2 W’s that can easily affect our spiritual walk as it did Israel. These W’s also sound similar: Wander and Wonder. Let’s look at these.
Do you wander? A travel program from years back, The Happy Wanderer, began with a song – “I love to go a wandering…a knapsack on my back.” The program highlighted unique and interesting places to see throughout the world. That’s enjoyable wandering, but spiritual wandering isn’t where you want to be.
Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. God said they (Israel) went astray in their heart. They wandered. The Greek explains it as being deceived, seduced, going astray or causing to roam. They weren’t wandering through the countryside on a nice little trip. Their wandering was because of what was in their hearts.
Israel wondered. After all they had experienced in Egypt, after seeing His miracles in their midst, they still wondered in unbelief. They weren’t fully persuaded in their hearts of God’s good plan and provision for them. They were not able to enter into rest because they didn’t believe.
Do you wonder? You can wander in your spiritual walk and end up on ‘side trips’ that aren’t fulfilling or where the Lord wants you. Couple that with an attitude of wondering — Is God’s Word really true? Are His promises for today, for me right now? Has He really forgiven me? Settle it in your heart and mind right now and be fully persuaded to believe that God loves you, has forgiven ALL your sins, and overwhelmingly loves you.
Don’t wander in the world looking for lasting peace, love, joy or fulfillment. You will only find it in the finished work of Jesus and in His love for you. You can believe His Word and you don’t have to wonder if it’s God’s will to heal you or save you. God’s heart is for you to experience salvation, healing, joy, peace and all that He has. Step out in faith and trust Him because it’s time to enter into rest because of what Jesus did for you.