It is among popular “Christian” belief that an abundance of material and other blessings follow those whose hearts are truly after God and that those who seem to consistently struggle to that end, cannot possibly be in God’s perfect will.
I want to submit to you a realization I had about this very thing.
I think we might have it all backwards.
Almost all the great men of faith I’ve read about in the Bible had to spend some time in the wilderness. Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, just to name a few.
God had to make them desperate.
He had to cause them to be quiet and undistracted enough to hear His still, small voice. He had to make them hungry and thirsty enough to cry out for a miracle.
Some of us are walking through the desert right now.
It’s hot by day; there is only rugged, thorny, sandy terrain for miles and miles and there seems no end. By night, the wind is unbearably cold and we stumble over things we can barely see. Snakes and scorpions live here. It seems like a lonely place.
But this is actually a place of blessing. It is for our growth, and ultimately for our prosperity that God has brought us here!
Like it or not, the wilderness is where He can speak to us most effectively.
It is the place He can most easily get our attention.
It is the place we will cry out to God and truly listen for His voice.
If you’re in that place, know that God is with you today.
He is walking along with you through this wilderness and longing to comfort you! Cry out to Him and heed His voice.
–by George Whitten