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After the Wilderness: When Receiving from God means Fighting Battles

The wilderness metaphor is often used in Christian circles to describe the times of wandering that are common to our journey into the promises of God.

The story of the exodus into the wilderness and God's grace and provision to his people during those forty years have much to teach us. But the past few days, I've been thinking about what happens after the wilderness.

As the forty years journey in the wilderness ended, God took Moses up the mountain to look over at the land, but that was as far as he went. He did not enter. The Bible says he closed "his eyes undimmed and his vigor unabated." (Deut. 34:7) Moses' died and Lord buried his body. (Isn't that amazing?) His spirit, however, was received into the greater promise, life in the presence of God. The next time we see Moses in Scripture is on the mountain when Peter, James, and John witnessed Jesus' transfiguration as He met with his friends Moses and Elijah (Mark 9).

Moses passed on his leadership mantle …

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