Back in July of 2018, I wrote a post entitled, “Exciting News…I’m Blogging My First Book.” That journey today has come to an end with the official release of “Winning in the Wilderness – 15 Truths for Uncertain Times.”
Someone recently said discouragement is the new pandemic. We’ve walked through the most disheartening, turbulent season over the last two years. The faith of many grows weaker and weaker each day.
We all can grow from the life stories of those who have gone before. That’s why we turn to the Bible. The Bible is full of biography. When we read about these everyday people living in a broken world, the light of hope shines in the darkness.
One of the longest biographical sections in Scripture is the story of Moses. I never really reflected on the tremendous obstacles he faced. He never really connected as a child with his family of origin. He was given up for adoption. He grew up feeling like a misfit, a Hebrew living in Pharaoh’s palace. There was a painful sense of not belonging. In the prime of his life, at age 40, he tried to be a deliverer. He risked everything but ended up guilty of murder. He attempted to position himself as a leader for his people, but no one wanted to follow. He then ran for his life. In just one day, he lost it all and ended up working as a shepherd for 40 years.
But he found grace at the burning bush. Though forgotten by others, he was not forgotten by God. God called him to deliver the Israelites from slavery and to lead them through the wilderness to the Promise Land. That assignment took the remaining 40 years of his life. But I love the verse we find at the end of his life. Deuteronomy 34:7 says, “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.”
In the book, there are 15 truths from his life journey to encourage us today in a time of rapid, disruptive change. I hope you’ll get a copy and share the news with some friends. Make a small group study out of it. Take a moment to build yourself up in the Lord.