Warrior Child

“Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”  Exodus 13:17

After the children of Israel were driven out of Egypt, they begin to be referred to as the “armies of the Lord.” (Exodus 12:41)  Their status was changing along with their responsibilities.  God in His infinite wisdom carefully nurtured them along, not thrusting them into battle too soon.

Father, thank You for adopting me as Your child, but also for growing me to be a warrior.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Wilderness Training

Lead me, Lord,
in the wilderness way,
teach me what
I can only learn there,
about leaning on You
day and night
with a cloud of witnesses
and Your Holy Spirit light.

What is/was your wilderness journey like?


  1. I grew up in church, but was rebellious and headstrong. I think that the Lord let me have my way for a season because I think He knew that it was the only way for me learn to follow Him. Like the prodigal son, I found myself in the “pigpen” and I had nowhere to go but “back to my Father”. I’ve been going through the “wilderness” for a couple of years now, and I am learning to hate sin and to love Him. I’ve had some serious struggles and battles within myself, but God has been good to me. Thanks for reminding us about the reason for going through the wilderness.
    In Christ,

  2. In “Band of Brothers,” the author, Stephen Ambrose, explains how the company became one of the most decorated units in WWII. It was the toughness of their training and a hill they had to climb over and over again.

    And we Christians, much like E Company in “Band of Brothers,” become warriors by our wilderness experiences.

    Great visuals in your writing.

  3. Deb, Even Jesus spent time in the wilderness to prepare for the mission set before Him. If we are to be true warriors for Christ, the wilderness journey is essential. Thanks for another great poem to illustrate this important truth. Peace, Linda

  4. I had often thought of “wilderness” times as something bad, something we would want to avoid. But, I’m learning that His being with me in the wilderness makes all the difference in the world! 🙂 Thanking God for His goodness to you and me!

  5. Thanks Larry, for sharing that about a “Band of Brothers”. It went just perfect with this! 🙂

  6. Early on, I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. How sweet the understanding that it’s He who led me here! 🙂 God bless you, Linda

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