What I Have Learned In The Wilderness Season
This year has certainly been one of the hardest years of my entire life. I would have never expected God to bring me into the wilderness season at this time in my life. But I also learnt so much along the way and to be truthful, if the wilderness season had not yet happened then I truly think I would not have grown as a person mentally, emotionally and spiritually the way I have in the wilderness.
It really is true that God works out things for the good of those that love Him. Here are a few things that I have learned in the wilderness season.
You Have No Control Over Your Life
What I learnt in the wilderness season was that when you’re surrendered to God, you really don’t have as much control as you thought you did. The reason why I say that is because as believers, we give our lives to Christ and decide to live for Him. We now as believers can submit to the will of God for our lives, and the great thing about the Lord is how sovereign He is. He knows your beginning right up until the very end. There is nothing that comes as a surprise to God in your life through which He knows what is best throughout every moment of your life. When you seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, He may actually direct you on a path that you DON’T want to go down.. and that is where the exercising of faith comes through. And I realised the more I began to really exercise my faith, the more I understood I actually have no idea what lays ahead for me in my life. Only God knows and faith was so important in order to manoeuvre through this season especially.
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”
God Is Preparing To Promote You
As I was coming to the end of my season I was thinking about all that I learnt and the inspiring people within the bible that also went through the quieter seasons in their lives. For example David, before he became the king of Israel there was a lot he had to go through. He was a shepherd of the sheep which was actually preparing him to be a shepherd over the nation of Israel. The bible also mentions in 1 Samuel 17:34 that David also killed a lion and a bear. Which could have also been part of the preparation for his battle with Goliath which opened doors for him to grow closer into his promotion!
Nothing that God allows us to go through is ever in vain, there is purpose in everything.
A Process Must Take Place
This then takes me on to talk about how important the process was that David had to go through before he was exalted as king. If you have never read the book of 1 Samuel before then I’d encourage you to study it because we see and learn so much about David’s life and transition within that book.
However you will see that when the prophet Samuel anointed David as the king, it wasn’t until probably years down the line when David actually became king! There was a process that had to take place.
The anointing of David happened BEFORE the battle with Goliath and BEFORE he was on the run from king Saul for such a long time. As a person anointed to be king, he was still facing many battles and troubles in life. It was only until the appointed time that David became king.
It can be exactly the same with us, sometimes God may give us a dream or a vision and we expect to see it tomorrow or next month. However in a lot of cases there is a process God will take you through. Not to harm you, but to prepare, equip and humble you. The process usually brings you closer to Him too!
You Are Being Humbled
Moses, Joseph and David went through tough wilderness seasons. And within those seasons they become truly humbled and learn to depend on God for everything in life. For me this is one of the biggest and most valuable lessons I have learnt. You begin to realise that actually, without God we can do nothing (John 15). But with God, all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26).
It’s a huge eye opening experience when you see that it’s not by your own strength and power that you can do things because you can only go so far.
God Is Your Provider
Sometimes in a wilderness season you may experience less of what you’re normally used to. For example it could be food, finances, friendships.. it can be different for other people. Depending on what God is doing in your life or trying to teach you. Moses was in the desert for so many years and I’m sure he had to really depend on God for food. Sometimes people may even experience less income than they are used to and this is what happened to me. But this taught me that God is truly my provider. Yes I did have less finances than usual however not ONCE did I lack anything!! Always at the right time the Lord would come through for me! I am so grateful and I know that the Lord will do the same for others who may be experiencing hardships in certain areas that may seem to be lacking.
Things Don’t Always Go As You Planned
Sometimes things don’t go as planned.. for me I used to be the kind of person to plan things in advance and make short term goals and long term goals which is fine. However through the humbling experience I came to understand that we do not know it all and our plans may not always work out for the best.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God Wants Your Attention – You Are Being Cleansed
Before God uses someone for His glory, He can allow them to. go through a time of purification.
2 Timothy 2:21 – Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
One of my old school teachers taught me something that I find so beautiful. He gave me an example of a cup. And the cup represented us and he began to fill the cup with rocks and stones. The rocks and stones symbolised things such as hurt, brokenness, jealousy, envy etc.. the lusts of the flesh. And he tried to pour water in it.. (which symbolised the Holy Spirit) however it was difficult for the cup to be filled to it’s best capacity because there was so much other weighty things filling the cup instead of making room for it to be filled with water. It can be the same with us too, the Holy Spirit wants to cleanse us of all things that weigh us down or hold us back from being filled to the best of our ability. A process of healing and deliverance can take place in the wilderness before God uses you!
I thank God for this season.. I am glad mine is coming to an end and I’m shifting into a new place and position in my life. But I always remember that throughout every season, God is always looking out for our best interest. He is a good Father that loves us dearly.
Genesis 41:52 – “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
Devona Fayana (@devonafayana)