Thursday: Dive Deeper
The thing that is so beautiful about the Bible is that even though it was written thousands of years ago, His word is applicable for today.
It is a love story to us and to a thousand generations ahead of us.
So it should come as no surprise, that the Bible includes people who also experienced a spiritual desert or wilderness.
Again, God is saying to you, “You are not alone.”
Let’s dive deeper and look as some of those people and what was on the other side for them.
You guys. Shew.
The entire book of Exodus
The children of Isreal-->40 years wandering in the desert–>led them to the Promised Land
1 Samuel 24-27
David–>hunted by King Saul–>brought forth the lineage of Jesus Christ
Matthew 4:1- 11
Jesus–>40 days of temptation–>Savior of the world
Galatians 1:15-21 and Galatians 4:25
Paul-->long list of persecutions–>wrote 3/4 of the New Testament and spread the gospel
Amazing things were on the other sides of all of these, and many other, wilderness experiences.
–-Take this time to examine your heart, your motives, your routines. God has you here to refine you into what and how He needs you to be. Is there unforgiveness in your heart? Do you carry anger or bitterness towards someone? Is there unresolved sin in your life that you need to repent of? Pray and ask the Lord to reveal anything that He wants out of your heart.
–Take this time to have a laser focus on thankfulness and God’s goodness. In this time of waiting, the enemy is ready to devour you by taking advantage of unthankfulness and focusing on everything that’s going wrong or unfairly.
–Take this time to remember that your feelings are not the boss of you. Drown out doubt, fear, frustration, and anger with what you know to be true about God. He is not intimidated by your emotions. His Word says in Ephesians 4:26, “be angry and sin not.” Pour out your heart to God and pour God’s word into your heart.
–Take time to remind yourself that the only thing God wants from you, is YOU. He wants to be the center of everything in your life. Use this wilderness time to lean into Christ and the intimate relationship He wants with all of us.
James 5:7-8 encourages us
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
Allow God to use this time to perform a “supernatural metamorphosis” in your heart and life. God makes all things new.
Phillippians 1:6 says that He’s already at work and He’s always been
Regardless of what we see or feel, He is at work.
The Lord is always near.
And He’s bringing amazing things with Him.