Like others, I have too had to adapt to this “quarantine” “Stay at Home” or “Lose Your Mind” kind of lifestyle. It’s like life halted all at once, because it has. Everything was comfortable, normal, we were in control of when and where we wanted to go and BAM! We were left with the economy spiraling downwards, millions of unemployment within three weeks and our lives would be changed. But for the better?
We ask ourselves, what was the point in all of this?
It’s like we have been scattered in a wilderness of isolation, desolate, uninhabited and deserted by others. Let’s face it, isolation is a wilderness!
But I want to point out that the “wilderness” is an invitation. How is that?
God may be shaking us, wanting us to re-prioritize our lives and re-align ourselves for the better. He may be showing you areas in your life where you need to repent, areas that you are lacking. For some, it is a hard thing to do. But it’s been done before.
The Israelites: When they were in their “wilderness” God provided; not for days ahead but each day He made provision. – Exodus 16
Hagar: When she fled into her “wilderness” a promise was revealed to her by an angel of the Lord about her son who was Ishmael. – Genesis 16
Jesus: After being baptized in water by John, Jesus was led into His “wilderness” where he was tempted for forty days and forty nights by the enemy, preparing Him for His ministry. – Matthew 4
The Wilderness is an invitation into dependence.
Sometimes invitations from God are not wrapped in a pretty bow. Most times it’s going to cause discomfort and loneliness. But remember that we never graduate from being dependent on God to being independent from God.
//QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF\\
WILL YOU ALLOW THE WILDERNESS TO HARDEN YOUR HEART?
OR ALLOW HIM TO CRUSH US, PRUNE US?
LEAVE THE WILDERNESS CHANGED!
Q: In whom does your strength come from?
A: We find strength in the Word of God.
1 Samuel 30:1-6. FINDING STRENGTH IN HIS WORD
Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire 2 and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. 3 And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. 5 David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6 And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
We read David had a choice to seek God for strength or to go on his own strength.
- WHEN NO ONE IS THERE TO ENCOURAGE YOU,
- WHEN ALL YOUR FRIENDS HAVE TURNED AWAY
- THERE IS ONE! THAT STICKS CLOSER THAN A BROTHER
- ABLE TO EMPATHIZE WITH OUR WEAKNESSES
- He IS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER INTERCEDING ON OUR BEHALF
WHEN ALL HOPE IS GONE AND HIS WORD IS ALL YOU HAVE, YOU’VE COME TO THE PLACE WHERE HE WANTS YOU! WHEN YOU COME TO THE END OF YOURSELF BUT ALL YOU HAVE IS HIS WORD, YOU’VE COME TO THE PLACE WHERE HE WANTS YOU!
WHEN YOU TAKE THE SPIRITS LEADING INSTEAD OF YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING AND ALL YOU HAVE IS HIS WORD TO LIGHT UP THE PATH, YOU’RE GOING TO THE PLACE WHERE HE WANTS YOU!
“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God”
“It’s the Word of God that is sharper than any two edged sword.” – Hebrews 4:12
It cuts through sin
It cuts off addictions
It is living!
THINGS BEGIN TO CHANGE WHEN YOU FIND STRENGTH IN HIS WORD!
“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
WHEN WE WAIT ON HIM, HE WILL RENEW OUR STRENGTH, IT’S ONLY IN HIS WORD THAT ARE STRENGTH IS FOUND.