In Wilderness Times

Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Does it occasionally feel that the times today are like being in a wilderness you don’t know or understand?  Or that God, who made Heaven and Earth, and Jesus who brought healing to the sick and returned hearing to the deaf, just aren’t doing what you know they can?

Imagine how the Israelites felt. They’d seen miracles. God had provided a Passover for them; he redeemed them out of slavery in Egypt and let them pass through the sea on dry land.  Yet, they were stuck in wilderness wandering for forty years. Do not forget the reason: God had given them an opportunity to inherit the land much earlier, but they believed a report of scouts sent out ahead of them, rather than trusting God to continue to provide. Their trust in the Lord failed. So, they wandered.

This is not to say that the COVID-19 virus has come upon the world due to a lack of trust.  The mind and plans of God have not yet been revealed. But He longs for you to trust Him now! He may well be doing a new thing right before your eyes, and you aren’t seeing it, because your focus is not on Him. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Pray With Us

Most Holy Lord God, the time that surrounds me now is so confusing. I see reports with numbers who have tested positive, numbers who have died, and they don’t mean much until I hear of someone near to me stricken and hospitalized with this dreadful virus. You know, Lord, how I’ve prayed for You to heal our land. I know You are powerful to do this. Yet, if I consider things carefully and look just beneath the surface, I am beginning to see that You are doing a work that is way beyond my comprehension.  So, Lord, I am left with trusting You completely; trusting in Your goodness; trusting in Your protection. And I wait. Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path. In Jesus Name, I ask it,


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