The image of the Christian life as a journey through the wilderness captures our experience of following Christ like few others. Journeys involve movement, action, stops and starts. The wilderness involves dryness, detours, difficulties, often, delays. That was David’s experience. God called him to leave his job as a shepherd to conquer Goliath and to, one day, serve as the anointed king of Israel. But, David was not king, yet. Instead, he was on the run for his life, hunted by King Saul, and driven to deceive others out of fear. On his journey with the Lord to become king, David was stuck. Fleeing from Saul, He took refuge in a cave (1 Samuel 21:1-22:1).

Like David, there are many of us who, as followers of Jesus, are stuck, too. It’s then we find ourselves stuck, however, that God works through our suffering to clean our palate, rewire our taste buds that we might taste of His goodness fully. God works through our insufficiency to help us see that He is sufficient. He is good!

Psalm 34:8-10 Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him! You who are his holy ones, fear the Lord, for those who fear him lack nothing. Young lions lack food and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.  

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 08.25.2019

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