Wilderness Experience

I know that in my life I have experienced, what seemed like a dry time in my walk with God and that He had left me all alone. Some of you  may have been or are experiencing this or something similar. This can be described  as a Wilderness Experience. What is a wilderness? Most of you know that it is any desolate, barren, or unpopulated area. In Hebrew the word for wilderness is Midbar.  The word wilderness from Dabar is in the sense of driving. A pasture that is an open field, whither cattle are driven;by implication a desert is also speech including its organs.

Psalm 63:1-11 (The Living Bible)

(v.1) O God, my God! How I search for you! How I search for you! How I thirst for you in a parched and weary land where there is no water. How I long to find you! (v.2)How I wish I could go your sanctuary to see your strength and glory, (v.3) for your love and kindness are better to me than life itself. How I praise you! (v.4) I will bless you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. (v.5) At last I shall be fully satisfied; I will praise you with great joy. (v.6) I lie awake at night thinking of you (v.7) of how much you have helped me- and how I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of your wings. (v.8) I follow close behind you, protected by your strong right arm (v.9) But those plotting to destroy me shall go down to the depths of hell (v.10) They are doomed to die by the sword, to become food for jackals. (v.11) But I will rejoice in God. All who trust in him exult, while liars shall be silenced. We also have to go through these steps in growing just like children: first you’re a baby, then a toddler, a young child, a pre-teen, a teenager, a young adult, adult, and finally a mature adult. These different stages are not always easy and pleasant but once you have overcome and moved on, they seem easier to endure. Even if we know the call we have to gain the knowledge and understanding for it to work properly. God is the parent, who has provided for and trained His children, then He places us down and backs away. He is still close to if we get hurt or need Him, He will be there to lift us up.

Matthew 14:25-33 (Living Bible)

(v.25) About four o’clock in the morning Jesus came walking on the water! (v.26) They screamed in terror, for they thought he was a ghost (v.27) But Jesus immediately spoke to them, reassuring them “Don’t be afraid!” he said. (v.28) Then Peter called to him: “Sir, if it is really you,tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.” (v.29) “All right,” the Lord said, “come along!” So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus. (v.30) But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me,Lord!” he shouted. (v.31) Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. ” O man of little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” (v.32) And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. (v.33) The others sat there, awestruck, “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Just as Jesus did for Peter when he was sinking, after he had been walking along on  the water, Jesus will help us. You noticed it said Jesus INSTANTLY reached out His hand and rescued him. Our God is an instant God, he doesn’t have to come up with a plan or wait for a certain number of days to accomplish something. He is a here and now God. We look at what we see and forget about what God has promised us and also gave us the We lose sight of God and our faith falls but He will pick us up and remind us to trust in Him. He is our shepherd and He will never lead us into a trap or somewhere that will hurt us. He might take us to a steep mountain with challenging areas in it but He will always guide us. We have to listen and be obedient to our master.

Acts 5:29 b (Living Bible) says: “We must obey God rather than men.”

Our flesh will say do what everyone else is doing while God is sending us in a different direction.

Psalm 44:17-26 (Living Bible)

(v.17) And all this has happened, Lord, despite our loyalty to you. We have not violated your covenant. (v.18) Our hearts have not deserted you! We have not left your path by a single step. (v.19) If we had, we could understand your punishing us in the barren wilderness and sending us into darkness and death (v.20) If we had turned away from worshipping our God, and were worshipping idols, (v.21) would God not know it? Yes, he knows the secrets of every heart. (v.22) But that is not our case. For we facing death threats constantly because of serving you! We are like sheep awaiting slaughter.(v.23) Waken! Rouse yourself! Don’t sleep, O Lord! Are we cast off forever? (v.24) Why do you look the other way? Why do you ignore our sorrows and oppression? (v.25) We lie face downward in the dust. (v.26) Rise up, O Lord, and come and help us. Save us by your constant love.

Sometimes we are in a wilderness. We don’t always realize it to begin with. It can often feel like we are being punished for something we did because we don’t realize where we are. But it is in the wilderness where we will cast down that we loved, which involves sanctification and put to death and bury the things that hold us back from God and His will. It is also a time of cleansing and renewing of the mind and spirit. God will instill in us new things, secret things, things of the Kingdom, if we allow to. This is also the place where growth takes place and we mature.

Isaiah 35:6 (Living Bible)

(v.6) The lame man will leap up like a deer, and those who could not speak will shout and sing! Springs will burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.

In the wilderness is where signs, wonders, and miracles are birthed. It is a place with nothing but the mighty power of God. Also, we have to believe things to be as they are not to the physical eye.

Luke 5:16 (Living Bible)

(v.16) Jesus withdrew to the wilderness to spend alone time with God, grow, and to let God get the glory!

The reason that it is a wilderness is that it is just you and God. There are no distractions, and it is a time of intimacy. God wants us all to grow more in Him.


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