In the Wilderness

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Have you ever been in a situation where you trust God but at the same time you are just tired? Tired of waiting, tired of wondering, tired of your life being a complete mess, tired of just everything around you being the same. I know I am.

There was a time in my life when I was so eager for my circumstances to change. I would try to do everything I could do to fix the issues in my life. Until one day in prayer God revealed that I was the one who needed to change, then everything else would follow.

You see, the Lord shifted my perspective. I was so busy crying about being in the wilderness and trying to get out that I almost missed what He was doing in my life. There were areas in my heart He needed to mend and strongholds in my mind He needed to remove from the root. I was so busy comparing and complaining about my own life that I forgot how the Lord had shown me so much mercy and grace. Even in my mess, He was still blessing me! Trusting God in the Wildnerness

It is in the most tiring and dull moments when God is truly working behind the scene in our lives. Sometimes these dry seasons or wilderness experiences may seem like forever; however, it is for a greater purpose. It is where our faith is tested, our character is proven, and victory is ultimately won. For this reason, it is very significant that we remain steadfast in the promises of God. Like the Israelites, our wilderness is only a part of our journey with the Lord. Moreover, He will lead us by His Word (Psalm 119:105) and uphold us with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Therefore, my dear sisters do not lose hope. Do not give up, even if you feel like you cannot see the end. Continue trusting in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean unto your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6). Keep praying, keep fasting, and do not stop reading His word. Even though the wilderness may be a very difficult season, in a strange way it gives us the opportunity to become more intimate with Him. He reveals Himself to us in new ways. He meets us at every need before we even ask. What such a beautiful and mighty God we serve!

Do not buy into the enemy’s lies that the Lord has forgotten you. He knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5) He, who watches over you never slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4). The wilderness is never intended to destroy you (though it may certainly feel like it), rather it is intended to purge and rebuild you.

Instead of looking at your external circumstances, look up to God. I know it is much easier said than done, but it is true. I am a living witness. Is my life where I would like it to be right now? Absolutely not, but I am learning each day how to walk hand in hand with the Savior. Of course, this is not easy, Jesus said so Himself in John 16:33. It is what we call exercising our faith.

Hence, the tiring, dull seasons in life are not forever. Take those moments to self-evaluate and ask Him what is it that He wants you to learn. Know that you already have a victorious life in Jesus! Even He had His wilderness moment (see Matthew 4:1-11). So do not fret for the Lord is most definitely with you. He is creating a most beautiful story out of your life for His glory just wait and see!

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Rickeisha Williams lives in Maryland. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves to travel. Her passion is to encourage and inspire others through the Word of God. Her 3 most favorite scriptures are Joshua1:9, Psalm 119:105, and Jeremiah 29:11. You can read more of her encouraging posts on her blog.

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