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Hi friend,

How have you been?

I have been reading Exodus lately, and I was struck by this passage.

“When Pharaoh let the people go,

God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country,

though that was shorter.

For God said, “If they face war,

they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”

So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.”

- Exodus 13:17-18 (emphasis mine)

God intentionally led them through the desert

even though it was a longer way -

because he knew that they weren’t ready

to face war in the shorter route.

Do you feel like you’ve been walking through the wilderness?

Do you feel like your life has been on hold?

Do you feel like your life took a “wrong” turn and

you have been on the detour route forever?

Today, I pray this for myself and you -

that we would embrace the time of wilderness

because it is a way of grace,

a way of refining, and

a way of wisdom from God.

He knows what we are able to handle.

He knows whether or not we are ready to receive the promised land.

So He sometimes leads us on the “detour” or

through the “wilderness” whatever we might call it.

But in that wilderness,

His power, provision, and presence is even nearer, even greater.

He provides our daily bread and living water.

He shields us with the pillar of cloud by day.

He guides us with the pillar of fire by night.

He assures us that the wilderness is

an appointed time of drawing near to Him,

growing deeper in Him, and

trusting and following after Him day by day.

I hope this truth encourages you today -

whatever “wilderness of grace” you may have been through.

In His wilderness of grace,

- ChanMi


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