The Wilderness

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1

The scripture above is a psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah. This scripture was most likely written when David was fleeing for his life from his oldest son, Absalom. Absalom rebelled against David and attempted to take control of the Kingdom of Israel. David left his palace; left his home, crossed the Jordan River, and hid in the wilderness. (See 2 Samuel 15).

I can only imagine what David was going through. He was the undisputed leader of Israel, he was famous throughout the known world, he was rich, powerful, handsome. He had everything and all of the sudden he hit rock bottom. I wonder if he saw the irony of his position. Decades earlier he was fleeing for his life in the wilderness from another man who was trying to kill him, Saul son of Kish. Here was again frantic, scared, frustrated.

We all go through wilderness at different points of our lives. The wilderness can mean different things to different people. It can be a time when your health is failing, when your finances are in disarray, or you find your family in a horrific situation.

The bible says that he was in the wilderness of Judah. The land of Canaan was a fruitful land. Full of people, places, good soil to plant and harvest, yet here David was again in the wilderness. In the same way, you can be in a great spot in life and still find yourself in a horrible place. You can have a great job, good friends, an amazing church, but you can find yourself in a messy situation real quick.

We should always remember to do what David did. David turned up the heat when it came to looking for God. When we’re going through horrible circumstances we need to take drastic measures when it comes to seeking our Lord. One of the ways to come out of the wilderness is to feast on the Word of God.

When I’m going through difficult times I have to immerse myself in God’s word to drown out the lies of the enemy. I need to be refreshed. Because there are times in life where I simply get dried out. I don’t get the proper nourishment my spirit needs because I’m so frustrated and confused walking in the wilderness. God is the one who wants to refresh us and give us the strength and power to escape from the wilderness.

Our enemy wants to keep us in the wilderness. Keep us confused and lost. Remember that you’re not alone; that the Holy Spirit stands beside you. Seek him, worship him, and watch Him provide the proper navigation out of that place of desolation in your life.

I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.

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