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Streams in the Desert – December 31

Streams in the Desert – December 31

Thus far has the Lord helped us. (1 Samuel 7: 12) The words “thus far” are like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. It had been “a long time, twenty years in all” (v. 2), but even if it had been seventy years, “Thus far has the Lord helped”! Whether through...

Streams in the Desert – December 30

Streams in the Desert – December 30

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. (Acts 12: 5) Peter was in prison awaiting his execution, and the church had no human power or influence that could save him. There was no earthly help available, but help could be...

Streams in the Desert – December 29

Streams in the Desert – December 29

Come on . . . ! We have seen that the land is very good. Aren’t you going to do something? Don’t hesitate to go there and take it over. . . . God has put into your hands, a land that lacks nothing whatever. (Judges 18: 9– 10) Come on!” This command indicates that...

Streams in the Desert – December 28

Streams in the Desert – December 28

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4: 4) Sing a little song of trust, O my heart! Sing it just because you must, As leaves start; As flowers push their way through dust; Sing, my heart, because you must. Wait not for an eager...

Streams in the Desert – December 27

Streams in the Desert – December 27

His neck was put in irons. (Psalm 105: 18) The irons of sorrow and loss, the burdens carried as a youth, and the soul’s struggle against sin all contribute to developing an iron tenacity and strength of purpose, as well as endurance and fortitude. And these traits...

Streams in the Desert – December 26

Streams in the Desert – December 26

Sit here while I go over there and pray. (Matthew 26: 36) It is a very difficult thing to be kept in the background during a time of crisis. In the Garden of Gethsemane, eight of the eleven remaining disciples were left behind to do nothing. When Jesus went ahead to...

Streams in the Desert – December 25

Streams in the Desert – December 25

“They will call him Immanuel”— which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1: 23) Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9: 6) There’s a song in the air! There’s a star in the sky! There’s a mother’s deep prayer, And a baby’s low cry! And the star rains its fire While the beautiful sing,...

Streams in the Desert – December 24

Streams in the Desert – December 24

He went out to the field one evening to meditate. (Genesis 24: 63) We would be better Christians if we spent more time alone, and we would actually accomplish more if we attempted less and spent more time in isolation and quiet waiting upon God. The world has become...

Streams in the Desert – December 23

Streams in the Desert – December 23

The journey is too much for you. (1 Kings 19: 7) What did God do with Elijah, His tired servant? He allowed him to sleep and then gave him something good to eat. Elijah had done tremendous work and in his excitement had run “ahead of Ahab[’ s chariot] all the way to...

Streams in the Desert – December 22

Streams in the Desert – December 22

A thick and dreadful darkness came over him. (Genesis 15: 12) In this Scripture passage, the sun had finally gone down, and the eastern night had swiftly cast its heavy veil over the entire scene. Worn out by the mental conflict, and the exertion and the cares of the...