When the children of Israel were in Egypt they lost all that they were when they were enslaved.
They lost their identity (they lost sense of who they were).
They lost their purpose (they were wandering aimlessly).
They lost their drive (they were tired and wanted to settle in bondage).
They lost their hope for what God said was before them.
The Israelites lost a lot while they were enslaved in the wilderness of their life but we see that God had a plan of redemption.
He had a plan to rescue, redeem, and restore them all along but their murmuring and complaining , their lack of faith and trust in God kept them enslaved.
However, we see that the next generation trusted God’s plan and they were restored all that was lost during their and their ancestors’ time in bondage.
God delivered them and gave them their sense of identity (He redeemed them of who they were), He gave them a sense of purpose, He restored their drive and their hope for the future.
The Lord returned all that was lost because it was His desire to and because they trusted His word and plan to.
And God desires to do the same for you. He desires to return what you have lost due to bondage -deliver you- and give you true identity, purpose, drive and hope for your future.
God desires to return all that was lost due to bondage.
God desires that you be free and that you receive all that you lost while held captive in the wilderness of your life.
He desires to return all that you lost and for you to enjoy it within your freedom in Him – because whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.
God will return what you lost – as you trust Him and His plans. He desires for you to be free and for you to have all that belongs to you.
Joshua 5:6-12 KEY VERSE
6 The Israelites had traveled in the wilderness for forty years until all the men who were old enough to fight in battle when they left Egypt had died. For they had disobeyed the Lord, and the Lord vowed he would not let them enter the land he had sworn to give us—a land flowing with milk and honey. 7 So Joshua circumcised their sons—those who had grown up to take their fathers’ places—for they had not been circumcised on the way to the Promised Land. 8 After all the males had been circumcised, they rested in the camp until they were healed.
9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt.” So that place has been called Gilgal[d] to this day.
10 While the Israelites were camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month. 11 The very next day they began to eat unleavened bread and roasted grain harvested from the land. 12 No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.
20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, 22 not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times — 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. 25 Since the Amalekites and the Canaanites are living in the valleys, turn back tomorrow and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.”
26 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 27 “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. 28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: 29 In this wilderness your bodies will fall —every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. 30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. 32 But as for you, your bodies will fall in this wilderness. 33 Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. 34 For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.’ 35 I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will surely do these things to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against me. They will meet their end in this wilderness; here they will die.”
Hebrews 3:16-19 (Israelites missed it because of disobedience and unbelief)
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed?
19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.*
Joshuah 1-24 (The children of Israel were delivered and restored because of obedience and faith).