“Welcome to the Wilderness! Don’t be Surprised if God ‘led’ you here.”
I am currently teaching from Priscilla Shirer’s book One In a Million on Sunday evenings, and this past Sunday the chapter I discussed was “The Long Way Home.” This chapter was all about the WILDERNESS. Oh yes, the dreaded wilderness. The dry, dusty, desolate wilderness. The wilderness is not a place that most of us want to find ourselves, but often it is the place that we are. But is it really such a bad place to be? Should we be wishing our way out of it, or should we be fully present? Often we want to blame Satan for us being in the wilderness. We think that the enemy is attacking us and trying to break us. Other times we might feel as if God is punishing us for some sin that we have committed, and therefore He threw us in the wilderness. But what if God actually led us to the wilderness to bring out the potential within us? What if God is using the wilderness as a tool to shape us into the person He desires for us to be?
I don’t know what wilderness you are currently in, if you are even in one at all right now, but I do know that God is with you. He has not abandoned you. He is not punishing you. He is LOVING you, STRENGTHENING you, and SHAPING you. He is doing a good work with you. He is bringing out your potential. So, don’t wish your way out of the wilderness. Trust God. Cling to God. And be present in your wilderness. He will show you things that you have never seen. And you will know Him like you have never known Him before. I pray that when you do come out of the wilderness, you will be able to say just as Job did, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5) God is bringing you into a closer and deeper relationship with Him my friend, so take courage.
Grace and Peace