Tuesday nights I’m usually with about 100 other young adults at Church for worship & a lesson. This week is different, but no less impactful thanks to a live stream option.
The message really spoke to me, so I wanted to share a bit in case it could help give you a new perspective on this uncomfortable time.
Our routines have been changed, and our comfort & control has been stripped away... So what do we do with this?
When the anxiousness sets in, the uncomfortable feeling of the unknown, the loneliness… do we turn to binge watching a show, taking a nap or trying to connect with someone (even with those we shouldn’t out of loneliness).
Having our lives & routines be interrupted, there is definitely a sense of being in a wilderness, but what we choose to do during this time can impact our lives once things go back to ‘normal’.
Here are some cool things to think about so that we come back stronger than ever for what God has to come in our lives!
First, God uses the Wilderness in 3 ways:
1) As a venue of deliverance
3) To prepare His people
I’m not sure what this time will be for you, but don’t let fear waste your time.
God is not absent. He didn’t wake up & realize there’s a pandemic going on. If God wants to get the world’s attention, what better way than to pause our routines & give us time to be still and lean on Him.
Maybe God wants to accomplish something in this wilderness so that we come back renewed & revived individually as well as collectively.
Psalms 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Second, is God teaches us who He is in this time.
Jonah learned God is merciful. Adam & Even learned God is Holy. Job learned that God is sovereign. Hagar learned that God sees her & provides.
No time was someone in the wilderness where God left him or her.
So what should we do?
1) Ask God to soften your heart.
The wilderness is hard. Our temptation will be to harden & distract our hearts to what God’s wanting to do in this season.
Hebrews 3:7-8 “So, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if your hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness.”
2) Ask God to teach you in this wilderness.
Psalm 25:5 “Guide me in your truth & teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
3) Cultivate & Grow in the wilderness.
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do not you perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness & streams in the wilderness.”
This is a tough time- for someone like me who overthinks, having down time can get my mind running.
Anxiousness, uncomfortable-ness, thinking about who I wish I still had in my life to reach out to, fear of family or friends getting this… it’s crazy BUT I’ve also never had so much time to talk with God & be in His word.
It’s up to us to be intentional about using this time wisely & for good, and man, if we do, I fully believe God can really work in our hearts and we can come out stronger before long!
And if ya’ll have any prayer requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org & we’ll keep you in our prayers!
Lots O’ Love, Keilee Painter