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Wandering in the Wilderness

Will it take 40 years to figure out that God is with you on the journey?

Feel like you're wandering in the wilderness? Remember that God is with you.

This morning I was pondering the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. I spent a bit of time imagining sunrise on the desert and people emerging, sleepy, from their tents. They automatically glance over to the tabernacle to see what’s up today, and see the cloud has lifted. How would they react?

I chuckled to imagine an irritated mother groaning, “Are you kidding me? Not AGAIN!” as she thinks of all the packing that has to be done.

I cast my mind’s eye to the next tent, to the weary and slightly cynical neighbor who rolls his eyes, thinking, “Eh–whatever…” as he heads out to gather the daily manna.

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Another tent away, there’s a sick person who is struggling. “I can’t take this!” she gasps, “Please, Lord, make this stop or give me the strength to go on!”

A beleaguered father, desperate for an end to the dust and uncertainty, immediately hopes, “Maybe this time, at last, we’ll get to the Promised Land!”

And somewhere there’s the curmudgeon still cranky about having to leave Egypt, muttering, “This way, that way–all this moving and yanking about! Shoulda stayed in slavery!”

So many types of people, so many types of reactions, and yet not one is focused on the fact that God was literally in their midst, traveling with them, leading them each step of the way.

It kind of makes me stop to wonder: Will it take me 40 years to learn that lesson, too?

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Walking in Grace 2023 Devotional

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We wanted to let you know that we have changed the name of Daily Guideposts to Walking in Grace —(Don’t worry — we promise it is the ONLY change we’ve made!)

Walking in Grace 2023 is the perfect way to start or end each day, focusing on God’s love, and connecting you to a community of writers and readers. Each daily devotion will bless you with a short Scripture verse that draws you into His word, a true moving story about the joys and challenges of living a life of faith, hope, and optimism, a short personal prayer that helps you put the day’s message to work in your own life, and a unique “Digging Deeper” Scripture for further reflection.

In just a few minutes a day, Walking in Grace 2023 will help you find the spiritual richness you long for in your life.

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