Numbers 14: 22 “Surely all the men who have seen My glory, and My signs, which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to my voice.” (NAS)
Hiking in the desert tombs of Egypt is not for the faint hearted. There is no green to be seen anywhere except around the Nile, only hills and sand marked with tombs of the Kings. There are thousands of people going up and down narrow stairs to the tombs buried for thousands of years underground interconnected through tunnels. The nations of the world are represented at the tourist areas in Egypt and the dress of the hikers vary from Arab, Western, Eastern shoes, hats, scarves, dresses, sandals, pants, and coverings.
The heat is like being in a hot dry oven with no space in your lungs to take a breath. The hotness blast hits you as you leave your vehicle. There is never enough bottled water as the desert sucks the dryness out of your skin and bones. The paths are compacted sand, and the hills have a few people on top of them stumbling and running up and down in the sand. The glory of ancient Egypt with pyramids, mind-boggling statues and building and the lushness of the Nile is a testament to the ability of mankind to survive in a most difficult climate.
It must have been scary for the Israelites to leave. Yet they followed God and left to wander in another wilderness sometimes listening and remembering His Glory and sometimes going their own way.
What is God saying to you about remembering his Glory and signs of His power in your life? Do you feel like life is sucking the life out of you like water in the desert?