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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Day 77

“Who is this coming up from the
wilderness, leaning on her beloved”
Song of Songs 8:5

Every true Christian has a wilderness experience: a period of time during which temptation, trouble, or travail test us. It can even be a long period during which God’s presence seems to be absent in our lives. The wilderness is marked by its dryness; a place of little or no life. It has a sense of abandonment about it.

The children of Israel experienced the wilderness for forty years. The normal two week journey took 39 years and 50 weeks longer because of what was in their hearts. Their time of testing revealed their hearts and in the end they could not enter the place God prepared for them. During those years the Lord raised up a new generation that took possession of the land.

Job also had wilderness experience that brought great suffering and accusation of sin by his friends. But in the end, Job came to know God in way he had not before. Elijah carried out God’s work as a prophet and then spent a few years in a wilderness setting. It tested his faith. David was anointed King of Israel, but spent a lengthy time in the wilderness being pursued by Saul, who wanted to kill him. Great character building took place during these times.

God is in the wilderness. He is in the deep valleys. He is in the night and dark places. He is there even though we may not sense His presence, or even believe He is there. Because He is sovereign and controls all things, He is the One who permits our wilderness experiences. And His one and only purpose is that we come out of the wilderness leaning on His breast, the breast of our Lover.

“Even the darkness will not be dark to You;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to You”
Psalm 139:12


Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Day 27

“I will give you every place
where you set your foot”
Joshua 1:3

Our journey in this life can be both exciting and challenging. Predestined to glory, we share and serve in His kingdom during our time on earth.

Serving in the kingdom is to take possession of what God has given us. Joshua is an example. Leading God’s people to the Promised Land, he received the promise that every place he set his feet, it would be given to him. He was a warrior, and was to drive the enemy out of the Promised Land. It was God’s land; set aside for His people and here they were promised they would find rest. God told Joshua that “no man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life . . . I will be with you: I will not fail or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).

The same promise is ours today.

God has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. If we seek the Kingdom of God first and His righteousness, then all these things shall be added to us (2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 6:33). Imagine, the whole Kingdom is before us, and everywhere we set our feet, we will possess it.

“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises
to the house of Israel failed;
everyone was fulfilled.”
Joshua 21:43