WHEN THE GAP BECOMES A WILDERNESS (2)

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WHEN THE GAP BECOMES A WILDERNESS (2)

Read: ROMANS 8:18-39

Meditation verse:

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God” (Psalm 42:11).

 

When you are going through a wilderness experience and you feel your dream slipping away, what should you do at such times?

o Examine your life. Unbelief, disobedience, or rebellion can lead to a wilderness experience. The children of Israel consistently doubted and rebelled against God (Ps 78:17- 18). “Therefore, their days He consumed in futility and their years in fear” (Ps 78:33). Eventually, a whole generation was wiped out and never entered the promised land. You would need to ask the Holy spirit if there is doubt or disobedience in your heart.

o Lean on the One who has control. If there is no unconfessed sin in your life, be still and know He is God (Psalm 46:10). Wait on Him, for in the place of waiting your weariness will be turned to strength. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah40:31). Relax in the knowledge that the One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it. David spent seasons of his life in the wilderness, either tending to sheep, running from King Saul or from his rebellious son, Absalom. Through it all, he trusted God.

o Recall God’s faithfulness in the past: Icons of God’s faithfulness in our lives are all over the place. A restored health, miracles of provision, an act of deliverance, a fruitful marriage, or a divine breakthrough. Amid a wilderness experience, David recalled God’s faithfulness “O my God, my soul is cast down within me. Therefore, I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar… The lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime and in the night His song shall be with me” (Ps 42:6-8). I look back at ‘my near death’ experience as a symbol of God’s faithfulness as well as an assurance that His purpose for my life will be accomplished. If you don’t reflect on God’s faithfulness in your past, you may never be able to trust Him with your future.

o Focus on the now: Work diligently at whatever your hands have found to do today (Ecclesiastes 9:10). There is no wall between the sacred and the secular world. It is all sacred. Whatever God has fired you to do in the now, do it well. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).

Above all, remember, that God has a purpose for allowing us to go through a wilderness experience. “For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28). That hold up or delay is working together for your good.

 

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at rockteachingministry@gmail.com. I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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