UNDERSTANDING THE WILDERNESS
"I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? " (Song of Solomon 3:5-6)
Are you in a wilderness and not understanding why or what is happening to you? Have you been feeling like God is against you and has abandoned you? Are the circumstances surrounding you wearing you out? Have you been tricked into believing the lie that no one understands you? Does it sometimes feel as if all hope is lost? If you can say "yes" to any of these questions, then this message is for you; and it's for you TODAY!
God wants you to be encouraged no matter what the circumstances surrounding your life may be. God wants you encouraged regardless of how many other people are having breakthrough while you aren't (yet). How can you break the feelings of being left out? I want to bring a few things to your attention about the wilderness experience that will help you focus on a personal, face-to-face relationship with the Lord, regardless of temporary circumstances. Grasping the meaning of this explanation will help you win a decisive victory in your spiritual lives AND in the natural.
Hebraic Understanding of the Wilderness
Understanding the wilderness from an Hebraic perspective rather than from a Western mindset can dramatically improve every area of your life, starting today! As we will look at the Western vs. Hebraic perspectives, you will see a vast difference in understanding the nature of your wilderness. Merriam-Webster defines a wilderness as an empty, pathless area. This definition paints a picture of loneliness, aimless wandering without direction, no guidance and no hope of improvement or change. In the political arena, a politician is said to be "in the wilderness" when they have lost their authority and relevance.
Blessed be the Name of the LORD, for the language He speaks has an entirely different perspective. God spoke in Hebrew. Hebrew is a pure language; a conceptual, picture painting language designed to help us, His Body, SEE the LORD and His purposes for our lives. In Hebrew, the word for wilderness is "M'dabar." The "M" in front of a Hebrew word "dabar" is the preposition, "from or out of." "Dabar," is Hebrew for the word "word," meaning the place of re-arranging and order. Putting the two together, "M'dabar" means the place from which God speaks to bring order. Can you see the word picture?
The wilderness is where God meets YOU and begins to show you what you are thinking. He adjusts you like a chiropractor re-positioning bones, bringing you into proper alignment. When God speaks to us, His Word is "quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intent of the heart" (Heb. 4:12).
Another way to look at this is as an "open field of speech or dialogue." Our proper understanding of the wilderness will lead us into the same spiritual place where Isaac was walking before his future bride, Rebekah arrived. In several places, the Torah reveals to us a mystery of Isaac and the desert. In two distinct stories of his life, we see him first in a barren wilderness or desert receiving blessing (Gen. 24:62,63), and in another place receiving a 100 fold return from sowing in the parched ground (Gen. 26:12). Both situations are examples of obedience bringing supernatural blessings. Scripture teaches us that the stories of old are meant to teach us what to do (Romans 15:4), and what not to do (I Cor. 10:5). May we pay careful attention.
The Power in the Wilderness
The wilderness experience is meant to be a place of great growth, power and blessing. But, if we don't understand the purpose of the wilderness, it can be a place where we are overthrown because of our rebellious attitude regarding our situation. The whole reason for the desert/wilderness experience is allowed so the Lord can possess "our hearts." We try at times to get people to "pray us out" of our desert experience. However, powerful and mighty personal growth takes place while we are in the wilderness, so we need to learn how to abide there until God releases us. In Hosea 2:14, the Lord says that He will allure us and bring us into the wilderness. He says He will speak comfortably to us. It is God Himself who created the wilderness to draw us into it so we can learn from Him, use what we learn, and be blessed.
To be allured means He will open us up and enlarge us to receive His personal instructions. These instructions are the words of the covenant between bridegroom (Yeshua) and bride (us), so that our vineyards may be restored. There is a passageway from the Valley of Achor/Trouble to the Door of Hope (Hos. 2:15). From the wilderness your song is restored (Hos. 2:15). From the wilderness, we meet Him as Husband (Hos. 2:16). From the wilderness we learn His mercy and His marital faithfulness (Hos. 2:19,20). From the wilderness experience, we have the wine (joy), corn (increase) and the oil (anointing) restored (Hos. 2:22). From the wilderness we are PREPARED.
Every harvest requires PREPARATION. There is no harvest until ground is broken up. (Hos. 10:12). Your ministries, whether in the marketplace or in a more formal ministry setting, will take preparation that can only be perfected in the Wilderness. Do not disdain the wilderness!
Blessings and honor,