Wilderness Times

Like Humpty Dumpty – are you sitting on the wall? Have you fallen off the wall? Or have you gone into the promised land? “Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on the one she loves?” (Song of Songs 8:5) The Bible describes us as the bride of Christ. Come out of the wilderness into the land of His promises by leaning on Him.

Are you listening to God? If so, are you doing what He is saying? The Bible says to give thanks in all things, even in the wilderness. Corrie Ten Boom’s sister admonished her to give thanks, even in the middle of WW2. At the time, she could not understand how she could do that. The officers would leave them alone, allowing them to have their Bible studies, because of the fleas.

The wilderness can be a place of great danger. It is respected and feared for its ability to destroy a person. It is also a place to meet with God. It is a place of both tragedy and greatness. In the Holy Land, the wilderness is strewn with rocks, lacks water, and harbors wild animals and thieves.

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness. David fled to the wilderness from Saul. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. King Nebucadnezzer was humbled in the wilderness. God will use the wildernesses in your life to shape you and draw you nearer to Him. Either your faith will grow, or you will become embittered.

The wilderness is a place to become humble and hear from God. “Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; afterward, build your house.” (Proverbs 24:27) Is your heart like a plowed field, ready to be planted by God? Or is the soil of your heart hardened, unable to be formed by Him? “There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3). Wilderness times serve a purpose.

If you feel beaten down in the wilderness, know that the power of God is still at work in your life. He does know what He is doing. Thank Him, even if – especially if – you don’t understand why.

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