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Streams in the Desert – August 21

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18: 19) What is this “spacious place”? What can it be but God Himself—the infinite Being through whom all other beings find their source and their end of life? God is indeed a...

Streams in the Desert – August 20

Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. (Genesis 32: 24) In this passage, God is wrestling with Jacob more than Jacob is wrestling with God. The “man” referred to here is the Son of Man—the Angel of the Covenant. It was God in human form,...

Streams in the Desert – August 19

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. (2 Corinthians 6: 10) Sorrow was beautiful, but his beauty was the beauty of the moonlight shining through the leafy branches of the trees in the woods. His gentle light made little pools of silver here and there on the soft green moss...

Streams in the Desert – August 18

The Lord alone led him. (Deuteronomy 32: 12) The hill was steep, but cheered along the way By conversation sweet, climbing with the thought That it might be so till the height was reached; But suddenly a narrow winding path Appeared, and then the Master said, “My...

Streams in the Desert – August 17

I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. (Acts 27: 25) A number of years ago I went to America with a steamship captain who was a very devoted Christian. When we were off the coast of Newfoundland, he said to me, “The last time I sailed here, which...

Streams in the Desert – August 16

I waited patiently for the Lord. (Psalm 40: 1) Waiting is much more difficult than walking, for waiting requires patience, and patience is a rare virtue. We enjoy knowing that God builds hedges around His people, when we look at the hedge from the aspect of...