Ever gone through a phase in your life that seems to just repeat itself? You do the same thing every day; having no motivation to do something different. Or maybe you’re tired of walking through this wilderness that has been following you for so many years?
Maybe, it’s not the wilderness following you but, you are following it. You continue to do the same things every day because that is what’s pleasing to you at the moment.
What about pleasing God?
Doesn’t He matter?
The very first time I heard the word “wilderness” I was about 19, just starting out in a church. Someone had described it to me as a deserted area of hell. A place where you seem you can’t get yourself out of, no matter what you try or do.
Before I had started blogging, I was in the wilderness. My husband and I had lived about 3,000 miles away from home, family, friends, & even church. In fact, we hadn’t been to church for a while. We were residing in California “believing” we were doing the right thing for our lives.
The whole time I was there, I felt like I was being tested every day. I felt like anything I did at my job or home wasn’t good enough. For the longest, I felt like I was going nowhere.
I can relate my wilderness to the Israelites in the book of Exodus. After being freed from Egypt, they were led into the wilderness. For 40 years, they had walked through the wilderness before finally setting foot on the promise land. For forty years, they refused to listen to God’s commandments and go by His Word.
Can you imagine walking through the wilderness for that long? Doing the same thing every day because it pleases you for that moment.
However, there is someone in the bible that walked through the wilderness and made it out after 40 days; His name is Jesus. After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil for forty days. (Mt 4:1-11)
If you were given the option to walk through the wilderness, will you walk it for forty years or forty days?
Many of you will take the forty days, while most of you wish to never go through it.
However, life doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes in our lives, we have to go through a wilderness to get to our blessing.
When Moses had led the Israelites through the Red Sea to get away from slavery, He was led by the Holy Spirit. In the book of Isaiah, it is mentioned that God had sent His glorious arm to be at Moses’ right hand and divided the waters before the Israelites. He led them through the depths of the Red Sea. (Is 63:12-13).
God had led the Israelites just like Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit. One walked 40 days while the others walked 40 years.
Again, if you were to choose how much time to spend in the wilderness, which one will you choose?
You might think we don’t have the option to choose, but you’re wrong. The difference between Jesus and the Israelites during their time in the wilderness was Jesus remain faithful while the Israelites didn’t.
It really comes down to that, if you really think about it.
How much longer are you going to walk through the wilderness because you refuse to listen or you continue to do the same thing that only keeps you away from God?
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Many of us are living life like the Israelites in the wilderness. Searching for our blessing yet, refuse to turn from our ways and listen to God’s Word. It really is something that small that will change our lives forever but, we choose to please ourselves more than God. Get out of your wilderness by obeying God’s Word today. Don’t walk any longer and start running towards your blessing that God has promised you.
When you do begin to follow God’s ways, some things may begin not to make any sense. Check out this post Trusting God When Things Don’t Make Sense for some more encouragement on your journey of following Christ!