Monday, March 28, 2016

"Wilderness Perspective"

"In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren".  2 Corinthians 11:26

I have a word for someone this morning who is going through a wilderness in their lives.  We all find ourselves in a wilderness at some point.  The word is-- change your perspective of the wilderness.  We often see the wilderness as a place of defeat, despondency, hopelessness and barren.  Let's look at the wilderness this morning from God's perspective.

Sometimes the wilderness we are experiencing is "God intended".  God led the children of Israel into the wilderness through Moses.  The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  When the Lord leads you into the wilderness, He has a purpose behind it.  He does not intend for you to stay there forever.  Jesus only stayed for forty days.  The Israelites stayed forty years because of their rebellion.  The length of time you stay there past His leading is up to you.   

The wilderness is a place where you see God's miraculous provisions.  The Israelites saw the Lord do miracle after miracle during those forty years in providing for them.  They ate manna, supernaturally provided daily.  They drank water from a rock, not a dug well.  Their clothes and shoes didn't wear out.  Jesus was supernaturally sustained by God physically while He was fasting in the wilderness. 

The wilderness teaches us how to trust the Lord.  Each and everyday in the wilderness the Israelites had to trust God to take care of them.  Jesus had to trust God to see Him through. 

The wilderness is a place of transformation.  The Israelites were released slaves when they went into the wilderness, but when they came out they were warriors who conquered the inhabitants of the land.  When Jesus came out of the wilderness, He was empowered to start His ministry. 

The wilderness is a place of victory.  Jesus defeated the devil in every area of temptation while in the wilderness.

I could go on and on but it would be a book instead of a devotional.  But let the things that we have talked about this morning change your perspective of the wilderness that you are in.  Stop seeing it as a place of defeat but of victory.  Stop seeing it as a place of hopelessness but a place where hope, trust and faith can be renewed. 

Have a great day.  Change the way you look at the wilderness you are going through.    

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