How You Can Get Out of the Wilderness

[This is part of the Sojourning the Spiritual Sahara Series. Check out the other posts!]


The Edges of The Wilderness Are In Your View (via sbisson)

Just like winter only lasts for a season a wilderness experience is not supposed to last forever. Every Christian must experience a spiritual wilderness, and we need to know how to get out.

My heart is severely pained within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me. So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Indeed, I would wander far off, And remain in the wilderness. Selah Psalm 55:4-7 NKJV

The above verses remind me of the feeling I had when I was in the wilderness and I just wanted it to be over! I just wanted to escape, but verse seven spoke to me that if I did that I would just stay in the wilderness.


"let's look at a map shall we" via nixhorizon

How to Get Out of the Wilderness

  1. Don’t get depressed. If you just sit around in the desert moping you’re not going to survive! This is much easier said than done; I don’t think I’ve ever been in a spiritual sahara and not gotten depressed. But depression slows your walk with God down to a stop. Getting out of the depression was a battle. I would make the choice not to be depressed and pray verses aloud that helped me stick to that decision such as Psalm 42:5; Psalm 35:9; Philippians 4:4, 13; Psalm 27:14.
  2. Find out God’s particular purpose. Spend time in prayer and seeking God. One of the posts talking about the purpose of the wilderness in this series may have resonated with you. Consider talking to someone who is your spiritual authority.  That person might be able to discern the reason for your excursion and give you some insight. Once you know why then you can move to number three.
  3. Respond properly. Knowing why you are in this season will open your eyes to something specific. Humble yourself, repent to Him. If you do not stubbornly fight against what God is trying to do with you during this time, then you will soon see new life. Hardening your heart against God’s plan will cause you to keep wandering in the wilderness ( Psalm 95:8-10).
  4. Be patient. God knows what He is doing with you right now. Trust Him. It is part of His way and the end result is an amazing breakthrough of growth. Remember He doesn’t love you any less just because you are in this season.
  5. Thank God. No matter what place in our journey we are at, we must still give God thanks and praise! Look at the end result. You are going to come out of it and reflect on the change He made in you, and know it was worth it. (Philippians 1:6)
Before you know it you will be on your way out of that Spiritual Sahara, a wiser person.

 He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings. Psalm 107:35 NKJV

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Photo credits: sbisson and nixhorizon and cindy47452

11 thoughts on “How You Can Get Out of the Wilderness

  1. I recently entered a more desolate area of the wilderness. I am homeless and nearly flat broke. Last night, 27 Apr 2014, I remained outdoors the entire night. Perhaps I will be outdoors tonight, too. Fatigue is wearing me down.

    God certainly considers me hardy enough for a task.

    Pray for manna to come my way.

    • Thank you for visiting the blog in the middle of all this. I am hopeful that the post was helpful to you. I have already been praying for you, even before you left this comment. How is that possible? I pray for all my readers daily, and God knows each of you by name. I am thinking of you right now, as night is here, and I don’t know where you are, but the Lord is with you. He hears you. And He is willing and able to bring you provision in every area as your grain of mustard seed is being activated. “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:25 ESV This is also for you:

      25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34 ESV

  2. Really enjoyed reading of your thoughts of being in the desolate places that the Lord allows us to be for the purifying of our hearts. I have been wandering for quite some time there and for some reasons unknown yet find myself unable to leave though I continue to seek the Lord and His reasons for my wandering, though I seem at times to be free from the desolation, so all that I can do is to praise Him and seek out His presence and trust that soon He will reveal His plans for me.May the Lord be with you always !

    • The Bible says that we can expect to have trials (Ps. 34:19, James 1:2-4). Many trials. (However, they aren’t the same as being in a spiritual wilderness.) From your comment, I can see that God cares about you. That may have surprised you. But see, when God brings you through trials it is because He is causing you to grow spiritually and wants you to lack nothing in learning and growing in Him.

  3. I’ve been stuck in a wilderness experience since 2003. Just recently 19th December 2016, my wife of 10 years left me at a restaurant 30km from home and ran away with our 8 year old daughter. When I finally got home (I walked), I was locked out of the house too. My wife has changed her phone number and everything else. I have no contact with her or our daughter. I have no work and I’m 3 months behind on rent and everything else. I’m praying constantly for this to end and a job to come my way. My wife has parked our car at the airport and I have no way of going to get it as I don’t have any money whatsoever ( she has taken that too). A few people are praying for me and encouraging me. but its not helping to change the situation at all. I NEED help, real help. My prayer right now is for God to either give me a life or to take my life as I can’t live this way any longer.

    • Hi, Robert. I feel for ya. Yes, I’m praying, but I encourage you to get with the leadership of your local church and get counseling from someone who can help you face-to-face in your situation. God is ready and more than willing to change your situation.

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