Life in the Wilderness

Life in the Wilderness

Living in a [spiritually] barren land

We are living in a wilderness. It doesn’t matter if your home is in the suburbs surrounded by convenience or a remote cabin in the woods – it’s all a spiritual wasteland as we read in today’s lesson from Isaiah.

Living in this wilderness leaves us craving more. Our inclination is to find fulfillment in ourselves — through careers, accumulation of wealth, or misguided self-improvement — never realizing that it is a spiritual gap. We will never satisfy a spiritual gap with material things.

What is missing in this spiritual wilderness? Fellowship with the Living God. Instead, our natural state is to be in rebellion against Him. Therefore, we prefer to rely on ourselves, and turn to the world around us to fill that need; because we are corrupted by sin.

But there is an oasis – Jesus! He is rich with water, food and shelter for our souls. He is our Bread of Life, our Living Water, our perfect, eternal, spiritual nourishment.

Thanks be to God for his gift of redemption and eternal life!

Today’s sermon is based on these passages from Isaiah 43:

16 Thus says the Lord,
    who makes a way in the sea,
    a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings forth chariot and horse,
    army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
    they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18 “Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me,
    the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
    rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21     the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise.

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