Wilderness moments …

February 1, 2013

“And in their heart they put God to the test by asking food according to their desire. Then they spoke against God; They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?” Psalm 78:18-19 Holman Christian Standard

Who would ever think that a people uniquely chosen by God .. delivered out of slavery .. promised a land they could never capture .. and forever known as God’s Chosen .. would deliberately accuse God of abandoning them on their life-changing journey? Their lives are directly linked to your life through Christ. It doesn’t take much for us to reach a point of wondering if God isn’t able to provide .. to save .. to deliver .. to redeem .. to rescue .. to change a heart that has grown cold and distant .. and even make something good out of a wrecked or broken life. The Israelites turned their back on God every chance they could to seek their own way. God promised them a future. They accused Him over and over as being impotent .. distant .. uncaring .. and cruel. And how did God respond over and over. He acted with mercy. Their story is our story .. your story. There is an incredible fine line between demanding of God and depending on Him. A demanding heart withholds. A dependent heart worships. Without Christ, our hearts would be stuck as sin-dead on the inside. But God reaches across all of the layers of your life and makes you alive in Christ. He does it because of His immense love for you. God’s great gift: from death to life. Each one of us faces wilderness times. God isn’t in the comparison business. He doesn’t love you according to how well you face the desert or wilderness moments. He loves you because of who He is. It is hard to imagine how God could love us when we are at our most unlovable moments … but He does. As one desert walking saint observed: “Nothing is wasted with God”. He’s not going to let go of you. He’s not giving up even when you give up. He’s not walking away. And you …? It only takes a moment …

“It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took out sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.” Ephesians 2:4-5 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Desert Saints and Wilderness Wonders following Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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