The wilderness. Maybe you know it well. The Israelites sure
did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories
were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free
from fear. Saved but stuck.
Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same? You
can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you
can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an
answered prayer. You’re fighting the same battles you fought the day
you came to Christ. You’re out of Egypt, but Egypt’s not out of you.
Isn’t the Christian life supposed to be better than this? Jesus
offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles
speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet
are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.
good news. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you
are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you
can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.
is God’s vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were
intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the
stumbles, hurts, and hate.
You and your Promised Land life.