The people of Israel modeled for us a way that leads to hope. They grumbled and complained in the wilderness, but the Holy One gave them what they needed to survive. The psalmists cry out in despair and, in the next breath, praise God’s faithfulness. (See Psalm 22.) God continues to promise, “I know the plans I have for you . . . plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jer. 29:11).
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)
What praise could you offer today that might remind you to hope in God? Join the conversation.
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
—Psalm 22:2-3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, help me walk through the wilderness of these days remembering who I am and whose I am. Amen.
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