Maybe today you feel like you're in the desert. Perhaps, even the wilderness?
Did you know that in the Bible the desert + wilderness has the same root word?
You know I love my words. ;)
What do you think of when I say desert?
Hot, vast, lonely, or even miserable? I for one, would not want to be in a desert unless there was an oasis nearby with a camel or something. Spiritually, you can be in a desert and not really know it either. Maybe you're feeling a little miserable or alone today.
If you can only read up to this part, remember this. Take it to heart. Don't forget it.
Use this time in the desert. Don't let it go to waste.
Let's read some verses from the Word that talks about someone (aka. Jesus) who went into the wilderness pretty often.
'The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. ' - Mark 1:12
Did you notice who drove Him to the wilderness? I never really noticed this, but it says the Spirit drove Him. We think God will keep us away from the season of pain and suffering, but He actually encourages those times in our lives, because they can be the most crucial moments in our life. When you go through trials or sufferings, it shows that you are not perfect. But, you can rely on God and call upon Him for strength.
'And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. ' -Mark 1:35
Friends, life is tough. I know. Sometimes trials will come and you will be left with thinking, "I am so alone right now."
Throughout the Word, God speaks to His people where? In the wilderness. In the deserted place. Alone.
Can we waste this time in the desert? Yes, we can even try sleeping through it. The very night Jesus was captured in the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples were supposed to be up and alert while Jesus was praying. But you know what they did? They fell asleep.
'and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation." ' -Luke 22:46
The root word that binds "desert" and "wilderness" comes from ἔρημος (erémos), which means tranquility arising from within.
Have you ever thought that maybe you needed to be secluded into this desert season to actually hear the Lord? When we are secluded from the world, that is when we can hear God most clearly.
So use this time in the desert, or in the wilderness to listen. To be still.
I hope someone needed this as much as I did today!