We have all had places to go in our lives that we didn’t want to be. Growing up we trudged along to the dreaded Aunt Betty’s house because mom said we had to go even if it was boring. We had to go to school whether we felt like it or not. And being a Christian, we will find ourselves in the wilderness sometimes because we all need to go there. Whether we like it or not.
At any time during your walk with God you may have wondered where He went, because it seemed like He disappeared in your life. Your times with Him may have become dry. You may have been thinking, just the other day I was led beside the still waters having my soul restored, but now I’m suddenly somewhere very uncomfortable. What happened? I’ve talked about spiritual seasons before to help us understand that He takes us through specific experiences for His purposes. The wilderness experience is for a specific purpose for each one of us.
I’m going dedicate the next few posts to talking about our Sojourning Through the Spiritual Sahara. I’ll give you a pretty good picture of what it feels like to be suddenly trudging through that hot sand, why you’re there to begin with, how to find God during this season, and how to get out!
Here’s what I’ll be covering:
- Indicators Showing You’re in the Wilderness
- The Purpose of the Wilderness: To Know His Ways
- The Purpose of the Wilderness: Reaping From Error
- The Purpose of the Wilderness: You Are Called
- How You Can Get Out of the Wilderness
The word sojourn means a temporary stay, so that’s the good news. The bad news is, if you don’t know where you are or why then how are you going to learn your lesson? The Israelites didn’t learn their lesson and their stay in the desert wasn’t temporary. God’s intention is to lead you there for a season, and then lead you out. Look at this pattern:
He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it. He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings. Psalm 107:33-35 NKJV
I’m looking forward to this series and I hope you are, too! If you have any questions concerning any of the content, please let me know in the comments.
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