The wilderness is where the unexpected comes, and where we’re completely unprepared for what the future holds. And I ,personally, have been feeling a bit in the wilderness lately. Sometimes, I even catch myself being so scared of the future, that I try to hide from it instead of walking steadfastly in my faith. I’m not alone in this, am I?
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” 1 James 6
This is one of my favorite verses, so if you’re a reader on the blog, you’ve probably heard me talk about it before. But here’s the thing, this verse has such a different meaning to me than it used too. In the past, I thought that if I had no doubt in God my mind would stay steady and constant, it could not be blown away by any evil. But now, I realize, that I can believe in Jesus Christ, and can STILL be tossed by the wind. I can be a child of God, and be in the wilderness; but because I am a child of God, I will conquer the wilderness. Through Him, I will remain steadfast in my ways, and although my mind may stray from the truth at times, He will always guide me back.
“And our hope in you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1
God wasn’t just with you when you got that promotion, or when you started your family, or when you had the most amazing night with your husband last week; He was with you when you were up last crying last year, and when you were grieving over a loved one, and when you hoped for the promotion- but got let go of instead. He isn’t just here in your comfort, He is here in your suffering. He is here in your wilderness. He is here with you, with His child, right now.
His love for you will not seize. His mercies are never ending. And His existence is the essence of truth itself.