What’s Your Wilderness?

Learning how to respond to challenges

What’s Your Wilderness?

Have you ever found yourself in difficult, even seemingly impossible circumstances? Often, this is when God is working to build your faith. He knows the kinds of challenges you are strong enough to endure.

It’s important that we understand that God knows what’s best for us, and He requires our utmost faith in His plan. God wants our faith to be so strong that we can see the outcome before it occurs, knowing that the salvation of the Lord will prevail.

If we are facing our own “wilderness experience,” it is because God knows we’re able to handle it. He will not lead us into anything we’re not ready for.

The Israelites had to learn that they could rely on God day in and day out. He guided them through the wilderness by day as a pillar of smoke and by night as a pillar of fire. The miraculous power of God became their normal, as He needed it to be.

This is why after leading them through the wilderness for a while, God intentionally lead the Israelites into danger. He did it in order to build their confidence in Him for future battles. He told Moses to have the Israelites turn back and camp near the sea, because “Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:3-4, ESV). The point is: God was in charge and was orchestrating the deliverance of His people.

Like the Israelites, we should also take what Moses said and apply it to our lives:

  1. Don’t be afraid.
  2. Stand still.
  3. See the salvation of the Lord.

You don’t need anything more than you already have to win. Just as Moses used the rod he already had in his hand to part the Red Sea, whatever God has given us is enough to get us through any situation.

Yesterday ended last night. Do you have the faith to face today?

Live Big!

Dr. Derek Grier


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