December 14, 2010
Strength is born out of adversity. Usually, what adversity means is that when everything goes against your human flesh, and you must be wholly dependent on God. In the long run, this is what God longs for- a fully leaning, dependent bride. The wilderness is a desolate, dry, and frightful place, but it is here that it is just you and God. There are no obstructions between your eyes and His. There is no other place to run except to Him, unless you want to turn the other way and die in the desert heat. When we come out of the wilderness in the arms of our Bridegroom, your heart will be pure when you enter into the joys of the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Who is that coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?…” -Song of Solomon 8:5a
The wilderness is a parched, dry and barren place. God is the only water and food source there is here. In finding your satisfaction in Him, you keep coming back for more of Him, because you realize that He is the only thing you need or want. You essentially find that He is the only one who will forever be there for you. He alone satisfies.
“I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.” -Psalm 143:6
“…Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” -John 7:37, 38
You are alone in the wild. The wilderness is full of danger. There is only one place to run to- your Source of food and water. He builds a fortress around you with His hands. Within His presence is safety from the storm. He takes the blows from the wind and rocks that would have otherwise killed you. He takes your place there.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” -Psalm 18:2
Living in the wilderness means living in complete humbleness and surrender to the King. However, there is no other place closer to God than living in the wilderness where our very lives depend on His sustaining life.
I want to be closer to God!
Let us then forever remain in the wilderness!
“And I say, ‘Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yes, I would wander far away;I would lodge in the wilderness.'” -Psalm 55:6, 7