Wilderness has always been a place of test concerning our faith towards God (Deuteronomy 8). Without surpassing it, believing in Him won’t make sense at all.
In the past, it was a literal exodus set in a dry place wherein the Israelites journeyed to reach the land they had to possess and it seems that it has become subtle in our life today. So much for normality, that we never realize the dryness of our soul which is made known through our complaints and rebellious attitudes in our journey to eternity.
When you believe in God, do not expect too much comfort and abundance that you have been dreaming in your life. In fact, you will experience the opposite of it as our human nature contradict and try to twist our relationship with Him – it tries to ordain time and season by itself, thereby disregarding the authority of the Provident One – an act of rebellion.
Putting myself on the shoe, I know that I am also bent and twisted. I admit that I am guilty of complaints, of murmuring, of lust, of wanting, of get-it-now attitude, of selfish ambition, of ingratitude, of vain glory and deception. These are one of the many factors that the enemy use to steal the Lord’s perfect and eternal plan for our lives.
The question is, would we let our faith, which the Lord has planted in us that worketh salvation, be stolen and taken for granted?
Beloved, if you want to be considered great, you must go to the lowest point of your humanity. There shall be mocking, painful opinions, rejection and much more hurtful experiences that we could ever name.
The challenge is to win over His favor and trust – of how we could earn it by determining of who are we going to be when we come out of our suffering (of our own wilderness) for there, our entirety is revealed in the eyes of the most powerful God – nothing shall be hidden in the depth of our secrecy.
Psalm 119:7-11King James Version (KJV)
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
The Lord desires transparency, humility and obedience from us. May God’s Spirit remind us always of true repentance and of His Holy fear – to make them as the delight and joy of our heart for the rest of our time.