“He…guided them in the wilderness like a flock.” Ps 78:52 NKJV
Charles E. Fuller, one of the first radio Bible teachers, started his daily broadcast with the song, “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness; all I have to do is follow.” To get them from Egypt to Canaan, God took His people through the wilderness—and spiritually speaking, you’ll have to go through it too! You can have a wilderness experience anywhere. At a graveside, in a cancer ward, in a divorce court, in an unemployment line, or in a home foreclosure proceeding. But the wilderness can also be a place of miracles. So for the next few days, let’s look at some things you need to survive in the wilderness.
Direction! Without it, you end up going in circles. Notice how God led Israel. He “went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud…and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light…He took not away the pillar of the cloud…nor the pillar of fire…from before the people” (Ex 13:21-22). God told Moses: “Whenever the pillar moves, you move. And when the pillar stops, you stop.” But what do you do at night when it’s pitch black? There are no candles or oil lamps, and you risk sharing your bed with a scorpion or stepping on a snake on your way to the bathroom. Don’t worry; God’s got you covered! The wilderness isn’t alien territory to Him. The Psalmist said, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119:105 NKJV). For every contingency, condition, and circumstance you face, your Bible will guide you, protect you, and keep you safe. So stop worrying and start reading it every day.