We often pray for freedom from the situations that we deem as agonizing or unfair in our lives. We ask God to get us out of the unbearable, heart breaking circumstances we are living in because we cannot bare to face them not another day. Believe you me, I am speaking from experience, head knowledge. I have the hat, the t-shirt and a matching handbag. I have cried until I fell asleep and woke up and begged again for God to change my state of affairs, to move me to another location and or condition.
However, when He answered my prayer, I immediately started another round of belly aching because he did not move me where I thought He would have. (Can you imagine how extremely frustrating we are to God)?
I have learned that what follows deliverance more times than not, is a wilderness journey. The wilderness is described as waste country, a rough place, or the backwoods. It is a place not well occupied. A lonely place, without many additional resources. It is a place where you learn to survive outside of amenities, with just what is provided there.
Exodus 13:17 -18 King James Version (KJV) “17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
When you journey with God you must become accustomed with the unfamiliar. His path is not unusual, but it is unfamiliar because it is widely different than the devises of man. We always want the shortest route, the quickest course. We want to have the easiest experience habitually failing to realize it is in the hard places that we learn the greatest lessons. I have learned that you do not always go from bondage to promise. God wants us to know all aspects of Him; therefore, we must also become familiar with the God of the middle passage.
What amazes me about the Way of the Wilderness is that it is a place of great manifestation of divinity. It is in the wilderness that we see Gods great love. Because he understands that we are not ready for the rigors of war he takes us on a separate path to our destination. He knows that what we came out of did not prepare us to battle and leads us away from the fight. He is so good!
It is also the location that we see great wonders such as the miracle at the Red Sea that includes the destruction of our enemy. In the wilderness we see God in action! It is more epic than any block buster action sequence. He sends a strong east wind to blow all night numinously drying up a sea bed leaving two walls of water to walk through. He becomes a pillar of cloud to block the view of your enemy until they get into the middle of the sea bed when He allows the walls of water to crash down and consume those who were chasing you. What a marvelous God!
The wilderness is the place of supernatural provision where God provides for us daily. It is where we learn to trust him for our daily bread and develop a need for him and an expectation to see Him every day. It is when we learn of his faithfulness that is above reproach and his loyalty that extends beyond human expectations.
It is where he provides a new instruction. He provides a new education on how to live. In our previous lives we were stripped from our values, customs and approaches, but He gently provides a standard for us to live by. A way to allow us to understand what is right and wrong. He’s caring like that.
It is where we are giving a revelation of a new way of living. A lifestyle that takes us from pleasing man to becoming agreeable with God and what He says about us. This new way transforms our thoughts by assuring us that we are loved and known by the God of the universe; therefore, there is nothing to fear. When fear is no longer an option, the word impossible becomes obsolete. We live for today knowing that the future is secured.
Deliverance is the end of an era but also the beginning of a new journey. Walk in your freedom and follow God into the new!