4 Reasons the Wilderness Experience Is Not a Waste

ChurchLeaders | 5/24/2019 | Staff
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When we walk through spiritual droughts, we’re tempted to believe this time is an unusable, accidental derailment in our Christian journey. Maybe God was asleep at the wheel or took a wrong turn, but somehow, we’ve veered off the road and gotten lost in this desolate place.

But nothing in our life is purposeless, not even our wandering in the wilderness. It’s not our destination, our home, and it’s not even a desired stop along the way, but God has good plans for us in every place He leads us. Even in the desert, there is “grace in the wilderness” (Jeremiah 31:2). Consider these four purposes as an encouragement to endure, trust and wait on the Lord.

Wilderness - Place - Discipline

1. The wilderness can be a place of spiritual discipline.

God’s discipline is not to hurt us or punish us but to teach us and train us (Deut. 8:2-6). It allows us to see the sinfulness of our hearts so God can change us. It’s the painful path of learning the errors of our ways while seeing the beauty of walking in God’s ways.

God - Blessings - Felt - Presence - Sourness

God often withdraws blessings, including His felt presence. He allows us to taste the sourness of our idols so we can recall the sweetness of Christ. It’s how God gets our attention. He temporarily hides His face so we remember the joy and peace it brings. His absence stirs longing again for His presence.

Discipline is God’s love in action. Through it, He proves His commitment to us, His desire for our good and growth, and His patience to walk us from spiritual infancy to maturity (Heb. 12:5-6; Rev. 3:19). If God has you in the wilderness for discipline, it’s out of a Father’s loving heart and designed to “do you good in the end” (8:16). Learn what He’s teaching you and trust the...
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