Faith

Finding Wonder in the Wilderness

 

Isaiah 51:3 (NLT)
The LORD will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the LORD.Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.

Definition of Wonder (n): a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.

Have you ever felt like you were in the middle of nowhere and everything you said echoed back at you? Oftentimes, this is what happens when we are seeking the Lord in a specific area of our lives. We feel like our prayers to God are being bounced back; as if he has not heard them. The bible informs us that God never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 124:1). He is always progressing forward even we feel like he is moving sluggishly upon our petitionsthat we have laid before Him.

We live in a world of instant gratification and it is easy to rejoice when things are flourishing for us: thriving social life, well paying job, good credit score, etc. But what is our response when life goes silent and things get put on pause? Do you continue rejoicing in the wilderness? Are you able to see progress even in the midst of a stagnant season? Or do you start murmuring and complaining like the children of Israel, who ended up being in the wilderness for 40 years?

Joshua 5:6 (NLT) The Israelites had traveled in the wilderness for forty years until all the men who were old enough to fight in battle when they left Egypt had died. Usually, our first response is  the opposite of what God tells us to do: (James 1:2 (NLT) – when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

It becomes difficult to experience wonder in the wilderness when we are constantlygrumbling and complaining. We become angry and impatient with God; which leads us to begin harboring  bitterness and resentment in our hearts. Very seldom do we rejoice in the fire because we tend to walk in fear rather than faith during times of testing.

During my time in the wilderness, it was hard for me to discover the wonder of God. I went through a period of silence. There was no dialogue between God and I. During this time, I was faced with difficulties such as praying and reading my word. Baffled and confused, I could not understand why God had placed me in this place of isolation. The spirit of fatigue, heaviness, discouragement, and eventually depression weighed me down and everyday was a battle to solely rely on God to bring me to a place of victory. My heart became cold and this left an open door for the enemy to begin planting seeds of lies. Satan is the “father of lies” (John 8:44) and he searches out areas of discontentment in our lives to bring forth confusion in order to steer you further away from God’s plan for your life. The word of God instructs us in Proverbs 4:23 to Guard your heart above all else. In seasons of waiting, we get preoccupied with the cares of life and we fail to shield our hearts from the darts of the enemy. And this allows the enemy to blindside us with his lies.

Lie #1: Your house will not sell.
God’s truth:. When my husband and I got married, we knew that a move was one of our top priorities as a new couple. We placed our house on the market multiple times and each time, we were left with a “for sale” sign sitting in the yard while everything around us was being sold. After the second year, fear begin to creep in. I was fearful that our house was never going to sell and the fear caused me to assume that we would be thereforever!  During the last attempt to place our house on the market, the Lord revealed to me in a dream that our house was going to sell. In the dream, I saw a “Sold” sign attached to the current for sale sign. After I had the dream, it seemed as though, we got hit with every trial imaginable. But we kept praying and holding onto the revelation that God had given me. Months passed, and our home finally SOLD!! Throughout this process, we wanted to give up and settle. We considered short selling our home  but God had a different plan for our lives.

Lie #2: You will not be able to conceive a child.
God’s truth:One year into our marriage, we experienced a miscarriage. We were devastated. Experiencing trials and set-backs was something new to me even though God talks about enduring trials in His word (James 1:3). Pressing through the emotional pain of losing our unborn child is an ongoing process. God is continually restoring me on a daily basis. Less than one year after losing our firstborn, the Lord allowed me to birth a healthy baby boy. While carrying our son, fear slithered in as we waited for the promise of the Lord to be birthed into the world. During my pregnancy, my husband and I fervently prayed over our unborn son and the Lord answered our request.

Oftentimes, we miss God in the wilderness because we fail to ask him what is the purpose of being in the desert place. Seek God and ask him what is the purpose of the wilderness season. Because it will allow you to see the wonder of God. Even in the dry places, his provision will be manifested. During my seasons of waiting, I did not understand why God did not allow someone to purchase our home immediately. I could not comprehend why I had to experience the loss of an unborn child. But in spite of everything we endured, God remained faithful. He strengthened and sustained us during some of the darkest moments in our lives. He led us into victory and our faith in him soared to another level. Looking back, I am grateful for the wilderness season because God Paced Living was also birthed during a season of waiting.

No matter what you are faced with today, I urge you to cling to the word of God. For his word is TRUE and and he NEVER CHANGES. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).Allow Him to shower you with his unfailing love during your season of uncertainty. DO NOT allow the enemy to plant seeds of fear in your heart and mind.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

In this passage of scripture we are instructed:

  1.  Not to Fear because the Lord is with us.
  2. Do not be dismayed (distressed) because He is our God.
  3. He will strengthen us and help us.
  4. He will uphold us with his righteous right hand.

When God brings you out of the old and into something new, SHARE IT. For the word declares that we have OVERCOME him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Someone is waiting to hear how you experienced the wonder of God in the wilderness.

 

Be Blessed
Jessica

 

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