Chapter-a-Day I Samuel 23

Wilderness
David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon
. I Samuel 23:25 (TM)

"The wilderness" is a common theme through scripture. David and his men spent years there. Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted. Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Elijah spent most of his time in the wilderness. John the Baptist lived and preached in the wilderness.

I believe that we all have times of "wilderness" in our lives. Things are out of sorts. We seem to be distant from everything and everyone. It’s easy to question these times and think that something must surely be wrong. Yet, even in the wilderness God is with us. We can’t escape His presence, and the wilderness may be the very place we’re supposed to be, for it’s in the wilderness that dependence on self is stripped away and we learn to trust God completely.

Photo: The "wilderness" of Israel near the Dead Sea. I took this picture near Masada. It gives you a little idea of the terrain where David and his men took refuge.

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