Walking into the wilderness

Hiccups of history—if you live long enough, you’ll experience your fair share of them. They’re almost always the result of something bad, even tragic, and they result in a unique set of circumstances that temporarily change the way everyone lives. It’s life after any natural disaster, 911 or the rare occasions martial law has been declared.

You’ll find hiccups in the biblical record as well. When Augustus decreed that there be a census, it was a new normal that had everyone heading to their ancestral home to enroll. Of course, God worked through these events to bring about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Another hiccup of sorts was the forty days Christ spent in the wilderness. It was an important part of His ministry—but it was nonetheless a time when He lived under different circumstances.

Perhaps that’s the way we should look at this time—we are walking through the wilderness. Wilderness is by nature different, it can be threatening, and it is definitely challenging. We are all going through the same wilderness and yet it is a little different for each one of us. Some are particularly vulnerable to the virus, others have had their jobs suspended, some are scrambling to find care for their children while they work, etc.

One more thing about the wilderness: God knows how to lead His people through it. He did it with Israel. He did it with His Jesus. He will do it with us.

May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

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