Lessons from the Wilderness

I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. – Hosea 13:5

Every year, God usually puts a theme on my heart for what that year will be like. In 2009 I got “Wilderness” on my heart. That theme has definitely been proven out in my life. It’s now 2011, and to be honest, I still feel as though that I am in the wilderness! However, I’m actually learning to enjoy it. The wilderness, to me, means a time of testing & character building. Over the past 3 years,  I’ve been learning & growing so much. It isn’t always easy, but I know when I come out, it’s going to be awesome!
Here are some of the Traits of a Wilderness Season in Your Life:
  • You feel like you are alone
  • A lot of things seem to go wrong!
  • You are faced with a lot of tests and trials
  • You are faced with a lot of fear and doubts
  • God seems distant
  • You don’t know how you will get through
  • You will want to give up
  • You feel like you have a billion weaknesses and problems

Here are some Lessons I’ve taken away from time in the “Wilderness”. I hope that you’ll learn these quickly so you don’t have to spend so much time wandering around!
  • God is always with you and knows exactly where you’re at
  • You learn to trust God in life because if you don’t, you’ll fall flat on your face
  • It’s a season of character development, not gifting development
  • God’s discipline and correction is really preparation for what He has for you in the future. He corrects & prepares those He loves!
  • There is a reason you’re in the wilderness, and you won’t always know it until you’re out of it!
  • In times where God seems distant, He is usually leading you into a deeper relationship with Him then you’ve ever known before.
  • We need to stop looking to people for affirmation, permission, and acceptance. Doing so will only lead to bondage. Instead, we must learn to get these things from God, which leads to freedom.
  • God is smarter than me, He knows what He is doing. He wants to get me where He’s called me to more than I want to do what He’s called me to!

“Wilderness” experiences are not always pleasant, but they’re always worth it when we get through them.

What lessons have you learned in the Wilderness?

This post was taken from the Only God Blog!

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