[This is part of the Sojourning the Spiritual Sahara Series. Check out the other posts!]
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.
How to Get Out of the Wilderness
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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)
He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings. Psalm 107:35 NKJV
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