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Through the wilderness

'Which way shall we go up?'... 'By way of the wilderness.' 2 Kings 3:8 NKJV

The Israelites discovered that, for them, the way into the Promised Land was through the wilderness. One Bible teacher refers to it as 'God's killing field'. He says: 'In the wilderness experiences of life, the things that cause you to stumble in your walk with God are permitted to die. There he weeds out those who want only a superficial relationship from those who long to know him intimately. It's where you learn to stand in faith and to cast all your cares on him, because there's nowhere else to turn. It's where God says, "I finally have you where I want you." Sometimes he will lead you into the wilderness abruptly. This is especially so when he's been trying to get your attention and talk to you about a calling he's placed on your life, and until now you haven't had time to listen. Suddenly you realise that God is the only one who can get you through the situation you're in. He permits you to be stripped of pride so you can be clothed with humility; stripped of self-sufficiency so you can be brought to the place of total dependence on him.'

If you're going through a wilderness experience, don't think God is punishing you or that he has forsaken you. He's just allowing some things to die so that other things can be born in you and grow into fruitfulness. Be encouraged; you will come through this! By God's grace you'll get to your destination. The truth is, sometimes the only way to reach the destination God has planned for you is through the wilderness.

Soulfood: 1 Sam 5:1 - 6:16 Rev 11:15-19,

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