Out of the Wilderness

December 18, 2014
Out of the Wilderness.  By Josie Brostrom
Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 9:18-10:4
“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. Matthew 3:2

The scriptures for today seem to point out man's inhumanity to man.  In Matthew, John despaired of the religious leaders and called them a brood of vipers.  Isaiah describes those who deprive the needy of justice and rob the poor.

Today's news also points out man's inhumanity to man. There is so much violence, hate and cruelty.  We grieve, and pray that instead, God's will be done.  "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

That is our hope and our joy. We believe that God's will can be done on earth because of the Gospel, the good news.  There are challenges. Even Jesus faced challenges, a time in the wilderness, and a time when He asked that God might take the cup from him. But instead, God brought Jesus through the wilderness, through the trial, to a place of victory.  In the same way, we may find ourselves in the wilderness.  But Jesus has shown us that, if we find ourselves in a place where we are trying to make sense of things and cannot, we can seek Him.  He will not turn us away.

Prayer: Lord, when we are in the wilderness we can despair, or we can realize more deeply our dependence on you. Help us to seek deeper knowledge of you through your word and fellowship with you. Amen.


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