Raise your hand if you want to go to the wilderness. No? Me either. Here’s the thing, though:
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 is 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!
Aware of his desperate need, Moses spent forty years with the Israelites in the wilderness getting to know God, and God responded by continuing to reveal His character. —Priscilla Shirer
All about a Spiritual Wilderness
In this series, we will 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
Put away the tissues for a minute and keep an eye on the confetti because I have some good news for you. The word sojourn means a temporary stay, so that’s the good news. Through this series, you can learn the purpose God has for you during your short stay in the wilderness. 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 changes rivers into deserts, and springs of water into dry, thirsty land. He turns the fruitful land into salty wastelands, because of the wickedness of those who live there. But he also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into springs of water. Psalm 107:33-35, NLT
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.You can learn the purpose God has for you during your short stay in the wilderness. Click To Tweet
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