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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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The last week has felt a lot like what I imagine the wilderness felt like to Moses and the children of Israel.

I’ve ached for relief from the heat and unfamiliar surroundings that are, ironically, becoming achingly familiar (“Didn’t we pass that tree a few months ago?” “Is that the same hill I tripped over last year?” “Do you recognize that brown spot? We must have seen it before. Oh right, we have.”). For forty years they wandered, making lap after lap around the barren land, complaining about their manna and quail, and wishing for what God in His mercy saw fit to withhold.

Well, hello, insight to Sophie’s heart.  


It’s here, in this land of unfulfilled longings and grappling with the same lessons over and over that God is teaching me the Promised Land is no further than His heart.

He is our only source of joy, comfort, worth, and peace, and the staggering reality is that He’s given all of that to us—and more! And this isn’t like a cheesy infomercial that is selling us “A one time deal, for just $19.99—but wait, there’s more!” No, we aren’t being schmoozed or sold a bill of goods that won’t deliver. This is a constant and certain hope, even in the midst of less than desirable circumstances.

But that’s not the end of it. Though we are prone to wander (Lord, I feel it), we aren’t wandering without company.

“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the works of your hands: He knows your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” -Deuteronomy 2:7

He sees.
He knows.
He is here.
He has blessed us in the wilderness.
We lack nothing because in Him we have everything.


The opposite is also true: without Him, we are bankrupt.

If it’s not God, whatever “Promised Land” we’ve concocted in our brains will not live up to its name. No relationship, marriage, home, family, college, or career will deliver the promise it’s made to us in our hearts.

No human can be our Messiah and no event or accomplishment can be our Promised Land. Peace doesn’t come from a desired outcome but from the Prince of Peace, who died to reconcile the war between us and our Creator. Because of Christ we can now enter the Promised Land of God’s own heart.

And that heart is here. It has come to us. And, in other extraordinary news, God doesn’t hoard His peace and only give us a dab of it. No, He holds up the bucket of peace, turns it over, and pours it out generously and lavishly to all who call upon Him in truth.

Hallelujah, what a Savior.

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The bottomline: Peace can exist in the desert places.

You know the sappy (but sweet…?) love quotes that flutter about social media and Pinterest? “Home is wherever I am with you,” and all that? If those apply to a human relationship, how much more to our relationship with God?

Peace/rest/refuge (that feeling of home) isn’t determined by a particular geographical location, realized dreams, or a specific set of circumstances. Peace is determined only by our relationship to Jesus Christ.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” -Isaiah 26:3

Despite multiple laps around the same dry desert, knowing you’re with the One who hems you in on every side and is only leading you through scorched places in order to satisfy You with His mercy drops storms, gives strength to press on.

Because here’s the thing, Living Water will not always prevent purification by fire, but it’s guaranteed to quench your thirst through the flames.

So let’s drink deeply of the Gospel and keep walking through the scorched places because, no matter what our circumstances try to tell us, God is enough for us here.


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