May I Encourage You? Go into the Wilderness!

In Christian circles, the metaphor of the “wilderness” is usually used to describe a time of wandering, searching, and struggle. And when Jesus went into the desert to be tempted by the devil, it was such a time of weakness.

But there were other times when Jesus went into the desert, and I urge you, Reader, to go with me to the wilderness today.

Flatiron from Brown's Peak Saddle - Four Peaks...

Flatiron from Brown’s Peak Saddle – Four Peaks Wilderness (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)

Jesus was in the beginnings of ministry. He had just found most of his disciples who were to follow him, and he was going from city to city healing people. He had just healed a man of leprosy and the news had traveled extensively. Crowds were gathering and the sick were being brought.

“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” ~ Luke 5:15

Jesus knew when he needed to withdraw from the crowds and from his schedule. So he went into the wilderness, a distance away from everyone, so he, only, could be with his Father and receive the strength needed to face another day.

Reader, do you need strength? Do you need peace? Do you need to curl up with the Scriptures away from the hustle and bustle of the day and just get with your Father?

Be determined to say, “I need to be alone.”

Carve out that time and give it to the One who created time.

And be refreshed.

How do you schedule time into your day for prayer and Bible study?

5 comments on “May I Encourage You? Go into the Wilderness!

  1. Experiencing a wilderness offers us a chance to come close to our Lord. It means we’re close to a victory. Such a timely word. I feel like I’m going through a little “bewildered” wilderness in the last few days. Sandy

  2. I have just come through a long wilderness and found freedom from the obstacles I placed upon myself. My wilderness brought me to “Practicing the Presence of God” in Spiritual Disciplines and into a refreshed life in Christ.
    As others read this may they enter their wilderness with the hope of finding their victory through the Peace of Jesus Christ. ~Patty

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