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Experiencing the Wilderness

"And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness." - Numbers 14:33 NKJV "Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil." - Luke 4:1-2" - Luke 4:1-2 The Bible tells us that because of their obedience, the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. They traveled from place to place going in circles at times. This was a punishment from God. You would think lessons were learned from this bout in forever land. Experiencing the wilderness as it relates to life can sometimes be a bit scary. We have two great examples of being in the wilderness. One of course is the people of Israel after being rescued from Egypt. The other is Jesus. He spent 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. Jesus taught us lessons and the Israelites learned lessons. When we find ourselves experiencing time in the wilderness we have a choice as to how we will respond. We should view this period of isolation as a moment for spiritual growth. It is a period of the testing of our faith in God. A period of deep reflection, renewing of our minds and preparation for opportunities and obstacles that lies ahead. This is a time of transformation! Experiencing the wilderness is an opportunity to draw closer to God. We are able to gain a deeper understanding of our God-ordained purpose and mission in life. In observation, the Israelites did not understand their purpose. They complained and rebelled against God's will. After all they had witnessed God do, the people of Israel could not remain faithful to the one true God. On the other hand, we could use our time in the wilderness like Jesus did. Drawing closer to Father God that He may receive from Him; that He may do the will of the Father who sent Him. Jesus understood the assignment. He knew His purpose! Whether in the wilderness or traveling from town to town, Jesus was "being" about His Father's business. Spend your time in the wilderness disconnecting from the world, from the pain of the abuse, from the uncertainties and the stresses of life. Reconnect with God, the one who created the wilderness! Think about that for a moment!

I love y'all and ain't nothing you can about it. Be blessed and be a blessing!


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