This booklet came out of another study I did last year (via a series of Facebook posts!) looking at things that happen IN the wilderness. The verse that struck me as the core verse for this study is Exodus 16:10: “And it came to pass as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.” God’s glory appeared to the Israelites when they looked toward the wilderness.
I wanted to see what else Scripture had to say about things that happen IN the wilderness—and it turns out, a lot of things happen! Not only does God reveal His glory, but Scripture says He fights for us, He knows our walking, He guards us—the list goes on. This booklet looks at 20 things that happen in the wilderness—and I’m sure the list is by no means exhaustive.
When I’ve faced wildernesses in various areas of life—whether brief or multi-year with still no end in site—I just want to get OUT of my discomfort. But often it’s in our wilderness experiences that God meets us and we come to know Him more closely. I thought for several months about turning the informal study into a booklet—and then recently, as I went back to it for my own encouragement, I sensed strongly that I needed to publish this now.
It seems that so often as believers we encourage others going through wilderness experiences by focusing on how God brings us through the wilderness. And yes, that is absolutely true! But we can also find encouragement in what God does in our wildernesses.
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