by Steve Wagers

Finding Grace in the Wilderness!
Steve N. Wagers
Jeremiah 31:2

1) In a former Church I pastored, I received a call just before an evening service. It was a call to tell me that the doctors had only given one of my members about 3-5 hours to live. As soon as the evening service was over, I drove to the hospital. When I stepped out the elevator, I saw her husband standing there in the hall. When he saw me he began to weep. As long as I live, I don't think I will ever forget what he said to me that night. He looked at me and said, "Brother Steve, you are right. I have heard you say it was so and you were right." I asked what he was referring to and he said, "Brother Steve, God's grace is sufficient. Brother Steve, just as you said, God's grace is sufficient."

2) During a difficult and trying time in the Apostle Paul's life, the word he received from God was: "My grace is sufficient for thee" (2 Cor. 12:9). Many of you like that husband and the Apostle Paul have found that God's grace is sufficient. There is saving grace for those bound by sin and sustaining grace for those broken by sorrow. As the songwriter said, "There is grace for every need," and I remind you that in all things and at all times, God's grace is sufficient.

3) I love the statement that is found in our text. The Bible says they "found grace in the wilderness." Like those of our text, many of you have found grace in the wilderness. You have found that in the wilderness experiences of life, there was grace to be found to strengthen you, comfort you, and even guide you.

4) Sitting in the waiting rooms of an Intensive Care Unit you found grace. When you watched a loved-one die of cancer, you found grace in the wilderness. When your children walked away from and abandoned everything you had taught them, you found grace in the wilderness. Lying awake at night in an empty house you found grace in the wilderness. When the doctor walked into the room with that solemn look on his face, you foun ...

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