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"In the Wilderness"

July 19, 2004

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God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13

I’m free from Egypt. What a great miracle at the Red Sea! I walk into the wilderness with a spring in my step. We’re headed for the Promised Land! God is wonderful!

Wait a minute. I’m hungry and thirsty. How long will we have to walk? My feet hurt. Why did God bring us here to die?

Where is Moses anyway? The clouds and fire from Mount Sinai were impressive. But now with Moses gone, I’m ready for that golden calf they’re making, a chance for some joyful celebration in this dreadful place.

You say we are near the Promised Land? Spies are returning. “A land flowing with milk and honey.” Sounds great! Giants? Fierce warriors? Why did God bring us here? We can’t risk entering the land. Forty more years of wandering! What a blow!

I’m grumbling again. What a horrible life here in the wilderness! Food the same. Water scarce. Rebellion. I’m ready. Oh, no, fiery serpents! We’ll all perish! I’m looking at the serpent of brass. Thanks, God, for saving me!

I can’t believe it. The Promised Land at last! God is faithful to His promises. We have arrived at our destination.

So it is with us. We journey with high hopes. The hopes are shattered. Weary trudging sets in. We grumble and complain. We seek religious thrills outside the church. We’re afraid to risk discipleship. But a faithful God leads us from slavery to eternity along a wilderness road marked with the sure promises of salvation and lighted by the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

PRAYER: O Lord, guide us through this world and keep us close to You. Thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross so that we may live with You in eternity. Amen.

(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988 CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. Permission is granted for one-time emailing of this link to a friend. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit www.cph.org.)

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