We’ve all been there. We know these seasons will come. Its easy to talk about heroes of the Bible and how they went through “the wilderness”, yet it becomes a whole other ball game when you find yourself as the lead character in the story.
During this time, if you were completely honest, you’ll find that you have gone through an entire spectrum of emotions. You felt confused and wondered if you did something wrong for God to punish you by sending you into the wilderness. You felt scared when even your best attempts to get out wasn’t enough. You felt hopeless when time passed but nothing changed.
It’s during this time that God will try to teach you several things:
- You must learn to depend on Him for supply and not other people. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, God supplied manna and quail. When Elijah was hiding in the wilderness, God sent a raven to feed him. When Jesus went into the wilderness, angels attended to his needs and ministered unto him. When the soon to be King, David had a small band of men hiding in the wilderness, God moved the hearts of other people to provide beds, food, and pots for wine and water.
As Americans, we are so immersed in a theology of wealth and prosperity that we assume God always wants to advance us financially and occupationally. While I do believe that God is a God of prosperity, I also believe that God is also the God of the poor. Paul said that he knew how to live on a little and how to live with much. I have learned that advancement in the workplace comes ONLY through the grace of God. As God moves the hearts of others, your advancement will take place. But God only does this when you prove that your heart is to seek him above all riches during the wilderness season.
2. God is still the God of the dry places. Have you ever noticed that the Spirit of God was always the one that sent people of the Bible into the wilderness? It’s in this dry place that you see God more clearly. His voice is able to be discerned more without all the distractions of normal life. It was here that the great men and women of the Bible emerged into the heroes we now remember. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Gideon, Peter, Paul, Jesus, John, and many others have walked this path that you are now on. Every one of them found the Holy Spirit as a true comfort and friend. Perhaps they never would have experienced this side of God anywhere else other than the vast, dry wilderness. But if God is indeed the God of the wilderness, and he is the one that sent you to this dry place, then obviously you’re not here because you did something wrong, but God has set an appointment with you. It is here that He wants you to see what you’ve been missing for so long.
So be encouraged today man and woman of God! This dessert will not last forever. And with God watching over even the dry places of your life, you’ll not only survive, but emerge stronger and closer to God than you’ve ever been.
Thoughts?? I’d love to hear your comments.