The Bible seems to have a lot of wilderness experiences in it—much like life. Sometimes, like the Israelites, we bring them on ourselves. Sometimes, like David, we flee there because we are being chased by a lunatic with power. Sometimes, like Jesus and Paul we go there in preparation for ministry. In the wilderness, one can become greedy. After 40 years in the wilderness, Achan coveted some of the devoted things in Jericho (Joshua 7) and it cost him everything–reputation, family, possessions, and life! Had he waited until Ai, he could have had anything he wanted.

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