“The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD, joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.”
This is a picture of the Wilderness of Paran in the Israeli Negev or desert. It’s as barren as you can imagine; yet flowers bloom, trees grow and wild animals roam its vast wastelands. This area holds great meaning both sad and wonderful for the Jewish people.
In the desert, they saw their God work mighty miracles on their behalf. They saw gushing rivers flow from rocks, dew from heaven turned into bread, meat literally fall from the sky and earthquakes swallow those who chose to challenge God.
The Israeli leadership forgot all these wonderful lessons. Moses sent 12 men from this spot to tour the land God had already given them. These same men saw God humble the greatest nation on the planet at that time, Egypt. Yet, that no one or nothing can stand in the way of God’s Word and plan when they returned from their tour. They wanted to return to slavery in Egypt over freedom in the Land because they feared the giants/obstacles in they saw.
If they had remembered their lessons, God would have given them further victory here in the desert, which would have brought joy, gladness, thanksgiving and singing. If they would have acted on the truths worked out before their very eyes, they would have settled in and seen this vast wasteland turn into the garden of Eden. (Modern Israel has done exactly that by the way.) Mediate on yesterday’s victories to see them occur again and again today and tomorrow. Those who forget will no go toward and become like Jesus, the one who brings joy, gladness and sounds of praise.