Wilderness Times

 

“For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18)

Sometimes the rough times seem so endless! It’s like being in the desert and looking out and seeing only the heat haze as far as the eye can see. During times like these, it’s hard to remain hopeful and our expectations can wane. Being in the wilderness can seem like salvation is lost. Like God has forgotten your name! Not so child of God!

Everybody goes into wilderness times. Times where reading the Word is as fun as chewing on sawdust..dry, dry, dry. And prayer? It seems you are just watching your prayers bounce right off the ceiling. Your whole path seems shrouded in heavy fog.

The wilderness times are the times of the greatest spiritual growth! Think about this: Jesus went into the wilderness and went forty days and nights without food or water. Satan came in to trip him up. He was tired and hungry, and probably very thirsty. But when He came out of that wilderness, He came in the power of the Holy Spirit!

A tree in the winter is devoid of leaves and looks dead. You wonder how they continue to produce leaves. But under the ground, the root system is thriving. It is making great progress. It’s root system is expanding and digging deeper, growing stronger with each passing day. Then one day, Spring calls and the tree begins to bud. By the Summer season the tree is bigger than it was last summer and providing more shade.

The Bible says to “submit yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due season.” If you are reading this and you have been in the wilderness, take heart! Surely there is a latter end! There is a future and a reward! There is hope and great expectations! Jesus came out stronger and YOU will too!

Blessings everyone…

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