Have you ever been in a place where nothing is going right, it seems like your prayers are going unheard, everyone you love is running away from you, and you feel so empty and alone? If we plan on moving with God, then everyone will experience their own wilderness. This is God’s way of testing you, preparing you, and I guess you can think of it as God’s way of protecting you.
Testing you is only to see what’s in your heart. God allowed Satan to strip Job of everything he had. In 2 Chronicles 32:31, God left Hezekiah to try him that he might know all that was in his heart. Oftentimes we say we “Trust God,” but do you really? God is not going to test you when everything is going great, everything is working out in your favor, and all smiles this way…no, he will test you in the wilderness; he will test you in your lowest point. At that time it’s up to you how you go through the wilderness—you can go through like the Children of Israel, complaining and murmuring against God or will you go through with sacrificial praise? The question is, are you going to be a complainer or a praiser? God looks at how you go through the wilderness, which also determines how long you will stay in the wilderness. I’ve been there before, actually, and this is where I am now. Every time I pray I hear, "Keep moving with God." At first we may not understand why we are here, but if you pray for God to make things clearer and ask him to show you wants in your heart that he’s trying to remove, he will show and he will lead you through the wilderness because that’s what he promised in Isaiah 43:19, "I will even make a way in the wilderness…" That’s enough right there to be joyful and to rejoice because God’s word never fails us. His word will stand be standing when everything else has fallen.
Preparing you… In the wilderness we are trained for battle, we learn to praise God, we learn to pray, to cast down vain imaginations, to be content, to rebuke and cast out devils, learn to stand boldly and with confidence on the word of God. We learn not to compromise the word of God, we learn to seek him, to trust him and for some of us we learn patience. In the wilderness we are also uncovered and the real us is revealed, we are shown who we really are and then once revealed, God does surgery to cut away all that is in us that is keeping us from glory and our calling. In the wilderness you learn that the Lord is thy God. In the wilderness we must rediscover our joy and refuse to let anyone or anything steal it away. If not, we can possibly die in the wilderness. It’s all about how we go through the wilderness and what we speak over our lives when we are going through. Complaining is a door to let the destroyer in who always destroys the good things in your life. Complaining is the language of unbelief and without faith it’s impossible to please God, so when you complain all you’re saying is “God, I don’t believe you can bring me out. But when you praise, glory be to God, for that is the language of faith. Two things are needed in the wilderness—faith and patience (Hebrew 6:12). Without them you will not make it out of the wilderness. Just hold on to what God has promised you and don’t become bitter, because in the wilderness you are going to see the birth, death, and resurrection of God’s promises to you.
I guess you are wondering how is going through what you are going through God’s way of protecting you? In the wilderness you become devil-proof—lol. Satan desires to kill the thing you are giving birth to. While you are in the wilderness God is preparing to birth that which has been placed in you in the spirit, to do the will of God. Satan doesn’t want that to happen. Revelation 12:4-6, in theses verses the dragon was waiting for the woman to give birth so he could devour her child as soon as it was born, but she fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, this wilderness is always prepared by God, just like the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness in Matthew 4:1. I know I’ve asked over and over what did I do, and even though I know these truths I sometimes can’t help but to ask “God are you sure I didn’t do something wrong?” What I’m quickly learning that the Kingdom of God is never about us, it’s about God’s will and the destiny he has placed in you. So in the wilderness, praise God instead of complaining. Let God make you and when you come out you will be like pure gold. Be Blessed.