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The Sacrifice Of Thanksgiving- The Wilderness

Geogically speaking, the wilderness is an essential part of our eco-system in maintaining life. It cleans our air and our water. When you look at the wilderness however, it can often seem wild and chaotic.

 So we ask ourselves, how can a place that is so unpredictable and tumultuous, be a vital component in sustaining us? It seems almost paradoxical. 

The Lord had demonstrated His saving hand to His people by rescuing them from Egyptian slavery and leading them toward the promise land. However during their period of exile, they complained and murmered. Numbers 14:1-4 tells us:

Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?"

 

You see, it's easy to look at the Israelites and ask 'How they could question the LORD after all He had done for them? How did they forget His great miracles?!" but the thing is, we all have the propensity to complain in the face of constant hardship. When we begin to focus on everything that is wrong and all of the things we want to change or want back, we begin to forget everything the Lord has done and is doing for us.

 

Let's get this straight, the wilderness is NOT an easy place to be. It's full of trials, discomfort and danger. It is a place of testing. But one thing is for sure, though in the wilderness there are mammoth tests, you are still on the way to the promise land. The more we focus on the tests, the less we see the Lord's provision during this season. He provided for them and today He provides for us in this dark world.

Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11

These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.

So through the discomfort, through the pain, through the chaos let us choose to offer the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving onto the Lord. Just as David would weep, yet offer up praises. Let us through the turmoil still delcare His wonderful works and glory.

 

He is the Lord of lords. The first and the last. The great I AM. Who can stand before Him?

Finally Psalm 50:23 tells us:

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me; to one who orders his  way rightly I will show the salvation of God!

 

So today brothers and sisters, we choose to praise His Name. 

Mothering Sunday
 

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