Daily email Number 158 – from the Pastor

Good morning all,
For the last three days this week, rather than start something new, we will look at something different each day.  So let’s read today from Deuteronomy 8:2-5, 15-16.
Have you ever noticed in the Bible that when God really wants to gets someone’s attention, to speak to them in a special way, He takes them into the wilderness, the desert.
– He brought Moses into the wilderness to call him to what would be his life’s work and greatest achievement, speaking him from the burning bush.
–  He brought Elijah into the wilderness during a crisis moment in his life to speak to him in that still, small voice.
– The word of God came to John the Baptist in the desert, and those who wanted to hear his message had to go out to him in the desert.
–  Jesus was led into the wilderness at the beginning of His earthly ministry to face the opposition, Satan, and prepare Him for the years ahead.
When you hear the word wilderness what words come into your mind?
Dry – barren – hot – severe – hard – forbidding.
People talk about going through the wilderness when they are going through hard times, times of loss, crisis, tragedy, loneliness, conflict, hardship, problems, separation, tears.
And yet, the wilderness is a holy place, where God meets us in a special way, speaks to us, and reveals His presence.  More than at the times when we are on a roll, everything is going well, and perhaps, we’re tempted to think we don’t need God as much.  God still tries to speak to us, but there are so many distractions.
But in the wilderness the distractions are gone.  We are able to hear God’s voice.  We listen out for a message of hope.  It’s a time to draw closer to Him, listen to Him, to remember that the wilderness is holy ground.
Finally, when the people of God were exiled, in the spiritual wilderness of Babylon, the word of the Lord came to them through Jeremiah the prophet in Jeremiah 29:12-13.
Let’s pray today especially for:
Vikkie & Robbie
Champa & family
May God’s peace be with you,
Derek
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