This Fall, we are reading through the book of Exodus. It begins with the Hebrew people crying out in suffering, and God hears the cries and comes down to deliver them, out of slavery. The title we use for this book means "the way out." That's good news those who are crying out in our world today. God hears our prayers, and God will make a way where there seems to be no way.
After chapter 15, after God has made the way out of slavery, the people don't immediately go into the Promised Land. Instead, they spend time in the wilderness. It's a time of growth and learning to trust in God. We might not choose the wilderness, but it turned out to be one of the most formative times for God's people. You may feel that you are in the wilderness this moment, but know that God is using this time for form you and shape you, so that you may grow into the likeness of Christ.
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