“Now these things happened to them (Israel) as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11
As we study the history of Israel, God leads them out of Egypt then through the wilderness for 40 years. Also, consider this, Jesus comes out of the Jordan River (Baptized by John) and hears the Father’s voice saying to Him: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Mark 1:11
Afterwards, He was immediately led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness, where He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights while dealing with the devil.
Beloved, the pattern is no different today. Before Father God brings us into our fullness, we must first go through our own personal wilderness experience. There are things that Father God can only do for you there. Often, the deepest things that we receive from Him will come when we are the most dependent on Him. It was only when Israel was in the wilderness for 40 years that they saw, every single day, the Spirit of the Lord manifest in the center of their camp as a glory cloud by day and as a pillar of fire by night. It is no different today. Father God feeds us with revelation knowledge and with deep spiritual impartation as we call out to Him, depend on Him, and walk with Him, hand in hand, through our own wilderness experiences. Beloved one, Don’t Waste Your Wilderness.
I want you also to consider that Israel was in the wilderness for 40 years. It was not just a short thing. They had 40,000 meals and slept 14,000 nights in the wilderness. It took a while for God to accomplish in His people what He intended for them—their own Promised Land.
Don’t Waste Your Wilderness—God has great plans for you!
Let us look to Paul:
“…We were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead” 2nd Corinthians 1:8, 9
Like Israel, God also brought Paul through his wilderness experience. Father wanted Paul to learn to depend only on Him so that he could walk in the power of the Spirit and receive Father’s blessing.
So beloved, keep your faith in Father and keep praising Jesus in your wilderness. Trust that Father is doing something wonderful in your life.
“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” 2nd Corinthians 4:17
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