The lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as I live.” — Psalms 23:1-6
In exodus 13, God brings his people out of slavery in Egypt, and begins to lead them on a journey to the promised land through the wilderness. But even though there was a direct route that would have taken them on the highway by the sea, God decided to take his people, the long way through deserts, across rivers and seas, and to the base of mountains…
So often in life, it can feel as if God has us on a similar kind of journey, like we are wandering through life, defeated, down-trodden or even stuck in the midst of our journey without direction from Him. Sometimes, it feels like like we are left to fend for ourselves. Like we have to fight life’s battles and walk its paths alone. It can certainly feel that way, BUT that doesn’t mean its true.
Consider this: 2 000 years ago, Jesus hung on a cross and cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” And ever since that day, Jesus took on our isolation from the father and there has never been a single second, minute, hour or day that you were forsaken.
But one thing that is true in the story of the Israelites, in my story, and I bet your story as well, is that God doesn’t waste our wilderness. He uses the difficult journeys in our lives to PROTECT US from even worse things, PREPARE US for even greater things, and ultimately PLACE US in His purpose for our lives. Amen!
BLESSINGS AND LOVE…😊
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