Where is God in all this!?
Look closely.There is something hidden in your wilderness.
For weeks the Lord keeps sending me to verses in the Bible about John the Baptist in the wilderness (see Luke 3). Our family has been going through a wilderness time waiting for a job after a year of unemployment. What did God want me to see in these Bible verses? I have literally read that chapter forwards and backwards, out loud and silently, looking for clues--searching, searching, searching for nuggets of wisdom.
Luke 3:2 says that the word of God came to John in the wilderness. In that verse 'word' in the original Greek is rhema--a message, a spoken word from God. Put another way, John heard God speak to him in the wilderness.
Our initial reaction to these difficult times is often fear and worry. But if we remind ourselves that what has happened is no surprise to God, our focus will shift to Him and off of our situation. Instead of looking at our problem we begin to pay attention to the One who can solve the problem and bring comfort in the midst of our trying circumstances.
We can start to ask pertinent questions like:
- Lord, what are You wanting to teach me in this season?
- What is on Your heart?
- What do You want me to do next?
During this recent wilderness I would routinely inquire of God. His response to my questions was always, "Trust Me. Don't despair." No specifics on how long this desert time would last, just "Trust Me". I found great comfort in those words. They reassured me that God never forgets us or our needs. He is well aware of our struggles.
I have learned not to ask, "Why is this happening?" That line of questioning just fuels the fires of my upset emotions. God always, always has a plan even if He doesn't let me in on it until the answer actually manifests.
Our job is to seek hard after Him--because He wants to speak to us in our wilderness times.
Our part is to sit and listen. You may not hear or sense anything today or tomorrow, but continue to give him top priority each day. Eventually, like John the Baptist, you will hear Him in your wilderness.
"You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13)