A Wilderness Experience

Posted: 1 April, 2009 in Ponderings
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Most people are afraid of the wilderness. It is generally associated with darkness, barrenness and the unknown. Some may consider the wilderness to be as a way of judgement, condemnation or abandonment, a wasteland of worthlessness and even death, but is it necessarily so?

In the ancient Hebrew mind, the wilderness is (strangely) considered as a place of order; quite an unbelievable culture-shock, I know. But the Hebrew word, midvar, meaning “wilderness” is derived from the concept of order. All organism of life live in perfect balance and harmony arranged in order, see here.

The Israelites had to first enter the wilderness to start their journey into the Promised Land. Even though they failed to enter immediately and wondered in the wilderness for forty more years, their journey in the wilderness reordered and reproduced a people that not only had their unbelief removed but their faith solidly built as well; rounding the giants on their fortress and finally gaining victory in Jericho.

John the Baptist spent many years living in the wilderness when God called him to prepare the way for the Lord. A lone voice in the wilderness, preaching the Way of the Lord, John was filled with the Spirit of God and also baptised Jesus. What was he doing in the wilderness you may ask – to annouce a new order!

Even Jesus went on a forty-day wilderness experience. He went into the wilderness filled with the Spirit, resisted every temptations known to man and came out filled with power!

There are so many examples in the Bible of “faith giants” that had went through a season of wilderness before rising up in order for great things in their lives; Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Elijah, etc. Know that our own wilderness experiences produce a new order in our lives. Do not fear your wilderness, it is not a punishment or a death row. If you are in your wilderness right now, know that you not condemned or abandoned. The wilderness may very well be a a place of your spiritual renewal. This is an opportunity for the Lord to reorder your life and remove things that hinders your destined reign with God in your future ahead!

And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.      1 Peter 1:5-8

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Comments
  1. matt says:

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  2. That was a great message and it was a truth that we all need to remember! All those that God has used in a mighty way have all had to pass through the wilderness. Whenever we feel alone in our journey, that is actually when God is the closest to us. He knows where he has to take us and how much we have to endure so that his plan is made perfect in our lives.

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  3. King David says:

    Like the Israelites embarking on their journey into the Promised Land by first stepping into the wilderness, my family too is stepping into the wilderness. There were times of uncertainties, disappointments and fear.

    But the Holy Spirit came and lifted all of us with an uncomprehensible joy and peace. And we see the Lord at work! Real powerfully… We now have our “Promised Land” in sight and although we have yet to step in, we know He will deliver us!

    Not only we are closer to God, our family has been closer together too… Praise the Lord!

    Hallelujah!

  4. Brenda Ware says:

    Praise the Lord,
    I really enjoyed this site and it really helped me in preparing for our Bible study.May God forever bless and keep you and give you peace.Amen

  5. rs says:

    I understand wilderness experience, however your site has given me a somewhat new perspective on it. The idea of reordering is not new given what I understand, but clarifies and instills the idea of newness and spiritual change. In short, it sparks me a new hope for today. I have battled with 13 years of trials, that many times felt I was literally on death row, Judged and condemned and abandoned by the Lord, the my spirit knew this was not true. Admittedly in my weakness of faith I attempted suicide at one point. Yet out of fear could not do it, God has sustained me all of this time, including food clothing and shelter.

    • King David says:

      Thank you for sharing your testimony. God is good and faithful! He will not leave you nor forsake you. You will not be tempted beyond what you can bear.

      I pray that the Lord will give you His divine perspective to your situation and you will soar like His wings, wings like the eagles!

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