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READ: 1 Kings 19:1-10

He went out and departed to
a solitary place; and there He prayed. —Mark 1:35

In the film Castaway,
Tom Hanks plays Chuck Noland, a clock-conscious Federal Express manager who
gets shipwrecked on a desert island. Completely cut off from other people and
modern conveniences, he must learn the primitive skills of a caveman. He puts
arduous effort into harpooning fish, making fire by rubbing sticks together, and
opening a coconut to get its milk and sweet fruit. The movie is rich with
insights on how difficult life can become for someone who is stranded in an
isolated wilderness.

In the Bible, the
wilderness is often the setting for the mighty work of God within the human
heart. Jesus made a practice of withdrawing to the wilderness to pray and
receive direction (Mark 1:35). In a similar setting, God fed the despondent
prophet Elijah with heavenly food (1 Kings 19:1-10), and in the wilderness the
Ethiopian pondered the gospel (Acts 8:26-40). After Paul’s conversion, he
withdrew to the Arabian Desert and was taught by the Spirit (Gal. 1:15-18).

Do you find yourself in a
"wilderness" experience, isolated from friends and family? If so, the
Lord may want to teach you lessons of faith and endurance that you could never
learn in a busy crowd. —Dennis

In solitude, on wings of
My soul ascends before the throne;
My only hope of strength is where
My heart and His meet all alone.  —Anon.

God is with you in your
most barren wilderness.

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