Dan Langdon – Chapter 6/The Story, entitled “Wandering.”
Throughout the wandering, the Israelites grumble and cry out to God over and over, and each time He hears and responds. But enough is never enough.
However, as the people complain about physical circumstance, what God desires is relationship. He desires to be “face-to-face” with you, just as He was with Moses.
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. (Exodus 33:11)
But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. (Numbers 12:7-8)
It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) (Deuteronomy 5:3-5)
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.