Wilderness Training

For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. – Deuteronomy 2:7

Many adventurous people are signing up for wilderness training, seeking to learn the survival skills that will keep them safe in rough terrain and remote regions. The dictionary defines “wilderness” as a wild and uncultivated region, one that is either uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals. 

The word “wilderness” shows up quite a bit in Scripture. The Bible has a lot to say about believers trudging through wilderness areas—the Israelites, who traveled to Canaan; David, who hid from King Saul; Jesus, who was tempted by Satan in the wilderness of Judea. 

That word seems to describe the rough patches of life, and we all need wilderness training and survival skills in a spiritual sense.

The most important aspect of wilderness training is having the right Guide. The wilderness doesn’t threaten the Lord Jesus. He created the wastelands of earth, and He formed the vast wastelands of the universe. He inhabits it all, and He knows every step of the way.

Don’t worry today. With God leading us, we can make it through the wilderness.

My Lord knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow. Sidney E. Cox


Deuteronomy 2-3 – Skip Heitzig

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