TRUDGING INTO JOY
Suggested Reading: Deuteronomy 2
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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 2:7
For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.
“Trudging”…a word that describes most of the days of our lives. When God brought His people through the Red Sea, there was dancing. They started off toward the Promised Land with excitement, then came the trudge. Our key verse was spoken to people who repeatedly failed the Lord. God had provided for them to move within a short time into the Promised Land. They refused to go in. God provided food and water in the wilderness. They grumbled. While there were some awful consequences along the way, God continued to care for them and to guide them. His presence remained among them. God was ready to restore them and give them success whenever they were ready to believe His promises and move into His plan for their lives.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I seem to be trudging a lot. In these times, please help me to keep putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward and not backward. Thank You for those times when I walk with a determined stride, and even run and dance. I ask for grace from Your Spirit in the trudging times. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Norma-Jean, who would normally be sleeping at home (and I would be quiet) is at our daughter Elaine’s place. Yesterday I was at home with only the Lord for company. Great Company!!! So I made some joyful noise following the prayer. I went to the piano and sang loudly the Christmas carol, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” I may even dig out my trumpet today, if I can find it, and play at least the first few notes (my lips will give out because I confess I’ve not been practising). So…while I may trudge sometimes today, I also plan to dance a bit. I spoke last evening to a group of Christian business people at a Christmas banquet. I’m sure they trudge throughout most of the year, as I do. They also know how to pray and they did so by gathering around my chair and praying for my healing and for the visions for the future I have. I feel so blessed! In the story Jesus told of the son who returned home, He said there was, “music and dancing.” God’s Son has returned home to His Father, having completed His work for our salvation. Surely we have the greatest of all reasons to celebrate.
I suggest a New Testament reading which I have just read, Luke 15:11-32. Let’s pray for all our loved ones to come home to Father God. Christmas would be a great time for that to happen. Also, here’s a great rendition of “Joy to the World” (click here).
Yours for joy in the journey and for grace in those trudging times,
P.S. Below is a photo of my son Ron and his wife Ann who visited Petra in Jordan earlier this year, leading a Crossroads tour group. The city is carved into the solid rock! This was the area inhabited by the descendants of Esau, as mentioned in today’s reading (Deut. 2:4). You can click on the picture to enlarge it.