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They Wandered in the Wilderness

July 20, 2019


They Wandered in the Wilderness

Sometimes we feel like we’re just going  in circles — getting nowhere fast.      There doesn’t seem to be anything in life  that is satisfying.      We’ve tried everything — climbing the success ladder,  all sorts of philosophies,  all sorts of learning,  religions,  parties,  different friends,  different “stuff”,  different recreations — you name it.      We’ve tried everything.      Nothing satisfies.      Nothing fills this seeming void.

In a poetic way,  the psalmist describes this very problem.     This feeling of wandering around in circles  and getting nowhere fast  has plagued people down through the ages.      In the Psalm 107,  the “desert regions”  are all the wasteful things  we’ve tried in life  to gain a feeling of satisfaction.      Everything dry and fruitless  that we’ve tried  has not satisfied our hungering and thirsting.      Where is our answer?      Psalm 107:4-9, poetically pictures our problem and its answer,

They wandered  in the wilderness  in a desert region;
They did not find a way  to an inhabited city.
They were hungry  and thirsty;
Their soul fainted  within them.
Then they cried out to the LORD  in their trouble;
He delivered them  out of their distresses.
He led them also  by a straight way,
To go to an inhabited city.
Let them give thanks  to the LORD  for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders  to the sons of men!
For He has satisfied  the thirsty soul,
And the hungry soul  He has filled with what is good.

When we want satisfaction in life, it will not be found  in worldly things,  because our very deepest needs  are spiritual.      It is our soul  that is thirsting and hungering.      Our soul needs  to find the city of God,  where we can rest  and be filled  with the wonders  of God’s salvation  in Jesus Christ.

As we futilely try  to find satisfaction  in worldly things,  we discover  that everything is always changing,  and that nothing is  what it was made out to be.      Climbing the success ladder  is a dog-eat-dog world.      All the other stuff gets old  and burdensome.

But,  when we cry out  to the LORD  in all our troubles,  He will deliver us.      He has been lovingly waiting for us  to turn to Him.      He wants to put us on the  “straight way”   to our heavenly home,  in the city inhabited  by all the saints  who have lived down through the ages — not to mention all the angels.

It is a marvelous wonder  how God is able  to satisfy our thirsting and hungering souls,  and fill us  with all His goodness  and righteousness  in Jesus Christ.      We can call out to Him today.      We don’t have to wait  for anything.

Glad that we don’t have to wander  in the worldly wilderness  any more,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  the straight road  of Your salvation  in Jesus Christ  leads to heaven.      Knowing that we are on our way to heaven,  gives us the joy and hope  of having a real home with You.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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