Coming Out of the Wilderness

September 5, 2007

Every now and then, we all can find ourselves in situations of isolation. We feel like we have nothing and no one. Even in the megalopolis of America we can feel like we are in the wilderness, where the well is dry and the harvest is scarce. This, beloved, is a part of life’s natural cycle.

However, when we are in this phase of life, we can find it difficult to see when we will ever get out of the wilderness. We can begin to lose hope that our new season will come. In some situations we can psyche ourselves into a state of contentment, believing that God will provide for us when God is ready. We think that this wilderness experience is some sort of punishment we must endure to receive God’s grace. Sometimes this could be true. But most often these wilderness experiences are designed for God to reveal to us the power that is already in us. In Ezekiel 37, the LORD brings Ezekiel into a valley of dry bones and commanded him to prophesy to the bones by saying, “O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD… I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live.”

We can get too comfortable with the idea of letting go and letting God. Sometimes, in fact most often, God wants us to handle situations on our own. God knows that we are created with the power that is necessary to pull ourselves out of the wilderness and breathe life into our dry bones of the world.

Think back on your childhood. Did your parent(s) tell you how to handle every situation? I know mine certainly didn’t. I was made to think critically and stretch my decision-making skills so that I could grow to be a responsible adult. Our Heavenly Father takes the same approach with us. Spiritual growth comes from critical examination of our experiences using the Holy Spirit within us.

So, when you find yourself in a wilderness experience, instead of feeling sorry for yourself prophesy and say “O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD, I will cause breath to enter you and you shall LIVE!”

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