Russell and Duenes

He Has Known Your Wanderings

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“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”’ ~ Deut. 2:7

Imagine wandering around Phoenix for 40 years, except without the civilization. Imagine, too, having no way to get new clothes or shoes or any other physical necessity. You and your people are nomads, stopping at various desert camp sites for who knows how long, and then starting out again on a moment’s notice. I can’t fathom wandering around an urban area with moderate climates for 40 years, much less in a barren and blisteringly hot wasteland.

It’s really easy to romanticize the Israelites’ “wilderness wandering,” but if you concentrate your mind on the actual conditions in a middle eastern desert in the 14th century, B.C., you begin to grasp the oppressive nature of their situation. Have you ever tried to simply take a walk around your neighborhood on an especially hot day? You get the picture.

Yet here is God, reminding His people that they “have not lacked a thing.” Nothing. Everything they’ve needed in their 40 years of desert heat has come freely from God’s hand, at just the right time.  This had to include all of the nitty-gritty things that make up everyday life: their food, water, clothes, shoes and animals. It’s an astounding claim when you ponder it.

What stands out most, however, is the simple fact that, in the midst of some of harshest conditions on the planet, God knew His people’s “wanderings through this great wilderness.” He had been with them each moment, guiding and bearing them along. To have God was to have everything. The Lord knows our modern wanderings, too. He is with us in our exile here on earth. We lack nothing under His care. As the psalmist tells us: “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Ps. 34:10). O Lord, may we rest in this even in our most barren and forbidding circumstances.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

September 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Posted in Deuteronomy, Duenes

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