Sometimes life isn’t easy.
Okay, most of life isn’t easy. In fact, most people experience in their lifetime some trials of extreme wilderness wandering, wondering if God has forgotten them. Their health may have become sickness, their wealth may have become bankruptcy, their marriage may have become widowed, their social life may have become loneliness.
If God has not left them, then why does He allow these trials and desert wanderings to be experienced? There are some great answers to these kinds of questions in scripture, but ultimately our understanding of the “why’s and how-come’s” will not be comprehended in this life.
One thing we can do in our wilderness times is anticipate the very real response of God to our tearful, lonely prayers:
“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs…
… so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.”
~ Isaiah 41:17-20
Today’s desert is tomorrow’s water park. Today’s wilderness is tomorrow’s garden. Today’s weakness is tomorrow’s strength. Today’s sickness is tomorrow’s health. Today’s bankruptcy is tomorrow’s wealth. Today’s loneliness is tomorrow’s contentment.
God hasn’t forgotten you, He is right there with you. He isn’t ignoring you, He is planning and working on your behalf. Endure today’s suffering with the joy of anticipating God’s tomorrow!
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