Survival in the Wilderness (1)
Charles E. Fuller, one of the first radio Bible teachers, started his daily broadcast with the song, ‘My Lord knows the way through the wilderness; all I have to do is follow.’ To get them from Egypt to Canaan, God took His people through the wilderness—and, spiritually speaking, you’ll have to go through it, too!
You can have a wilderness experience anywhere. At a graveside, in a cancer ward, in a divorce court, in an unemployment queue, or when you lose your house. But the wilderness can also be a place of miracles. So for the next few days, let’s look at some things you need to survive in the wilderness.
Direction! Without it you end up going round in circles. Notice how God led Israel. He ‘… went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. 22 And the LORD did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people.’ (Exodus 13:21-22 NLT). God told Moses: ‘Whenever the pillar moves, you move. And when the pillar stops, you stop.’
But what do you do at night when it’s pitch black?
There are no candles or oil lamps, and you risk sharing your bed with a scorpion or stepping on a snake on your way to the bathroom. Don’t worry; God’s got you covered! The wilderness isn’t alien territory to Him. The Psalmist said, ‘Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ (Psalms 119:105 NKJV).
For every contingency, condition, and circumstance you face, your Bible will guide you, protect you, and keep you safe. So stop worrying and start reading it every day.
‘…He…guided them in the wilderness like a flock.’ Psalms 78:52 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Isaiah 43:1-4, 7; Psalm 48:12-14
Thus says the Lord, he who created you, fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you & through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, & the flame shall not consume you. Because you are precious in my eyes & honored, & I love you! Bring my sons from afar & my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory. Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever & ever. He will guide us forever!