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I’m single. I’m not writing that in desperation or ingratitude for the season I’m in, although that certainly hasn’t always been the case. And I realize others reading this may not be in the same stage of life. But the lessons I’ve learned in this waiting period are probably applicable to anybody, regardless of their relationship status. For years, I’ve been praying for God to bring “the one” into my life. Sometimes it’s been easy to wait, sometimes it’s been heartbreaking. I’ve been through the mind games of thinking I haven’t done enough to earn it, that I need to…

The greatest obstacle preventing Israel from escaping from Egypt and seizing the Promised Land wasn’t Pharaoh and his massive army. It wasn’t the imposing Red Sea. It wasn’t even the walled Canaanite cities. The greatest obstacle to the fulfillment of God’s promise was the grumbling hearts of God’s people. The two words in Hebrew that are translated “grumble” are lun and ragan. Lun has the connotation of growling. Ragan has the connotation of whispered rebellion. When we grumble, we rebel against God’s authority. Our grumbling declares our distrust of God’s sovereign rule over our lives. God responds, “How long shall…

We don’t like to think about the hard times and situations the Lord allows in our lives. Even more, we don’t like to experience them when they happen. Maybe we think that He has abandoned us in those times. Maybe we doubt that He cares. But sometimes the Lord allows difficulties in our lives to crush us, humble us and rework us, molding us into something new. Just like grapes are crushed for wine — the crushing isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s necessary. In the book of Micah, the prophet speaks to the nation of Israel, telling them they…