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Devotional - week of April 20, 2003


ROADS IN THE WILDERNESS

Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  Isaiah 43:19

At the time God gave this analogy of His power, the only tool available for clearing a road in the wilderness was likely an ax.

Often, we believers face a wilderness—needing a road but feeling we have nothing more than an ax to work with.

Yet, when we understand and experience our union with Jesus in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, God makes roads in the wilderness. There are reasons He does so.

Living out our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, we move from a life of initiation to a life of response. We begin to live as Jesus lived, and His was a life of response. He says:

 Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.  John 5:19

This and other passages in the New Testament reveal that Jesus lived out His earthly life in response to and dependence on His Father. Every wilderness He faced was from His Father. Every road made in the wilderness was made by His Father.

When we live out our union with Jesus, every wilderness we face is from our heavenly Father. We do what we “see” the Father doing.

When we live out our union with Christ in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, we not only see every wilderness as given by the Father but we are in total dependence on Him to make the road through the wilderness.

We look at the wilderness not with our dull ax of self-effort but in total dependence on a sovereign and all-powerful God.

Time and again He makes roads in the wilderness.