01, September 2015

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What You Need in the Wilderness (5)

‘Acquaint now yourself with Him, and be at peace…’ Job 22:21 NKJV

When you find yourself in the wilderness, what’s the one thing you need more than anything else? God! That’s why the Lord told Moses to build the tabernacle and He used it as a teaching tool to show His people that: (1) He wants to meet with us regularly. The word ‘tabernacle’ means ‘tent of meeting’. God wants you to spend time with Him. He wants you to get to know Him. Because when you do, you’ll worry less and trust Him more. The Bible says, ‘Acquaint now yourself with Him, and be at peace…’ It’s important to listen to God’s Word being taught, to meet with other believers, and be encouraged by their testimonies. But at some point you’ve got to stop trading in second–hand information and get ‘up close and personal’ with God. James writes, ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…’ (James 4:8 NKJV) (2) God wants to be at the centre of our lives. When Israel set up camp each night, the twelve tribes pitched their tents in formation surrounding the tabernacle, where God’s presence dwelt. Every man, woman, boy and girl could stand in the door of their tent and see God in their midst. Could the message be clearer? When your deepest affections and greatest ambitions are centred around Christ, your life will take an upward swing. ‘…delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ (Psalm 37:4 NIV) The formula for thriving in the wilderness is: centre your life on Christ and soak yourself in His Word!

SoulFood: Josh 5:1–8:29, Mark 10:13–22, Ps 103:13–22, Prov 23:1–3

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020

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