Understanding Your 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.
Song of Solomon 3:5
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 3:6
Are you in a wilderness and not understanding 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 the believing the lie that no one understands you? Does it sometimes feel as if all hope is lost? If so, then, this letter is for you; and for you, today. God wants you to be encouraged no matter what you are reading on the internet, seeing on the news, or hearing from others.
God wants you encouraged regardless of how many people around you are having breakthrough while you aren't yet seeing any. How can you break this negative perception? I want to bring a few things to your attention regarding the wilderness that will help you focus entirely on a personal, face to face relationship with the Lord, regardless of temporary situations. Grasping this will bring you a decisive victory in your spiritual lives AND in your natural lives.
Hebraic Understanding of the Wilderness
Understanding the wilderness from an Hebraic perspective rather than from a Western mindset can dramatically improve your life, beginning today. As we will look at the two perspectives, you will see a vast difference in understanding the 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 this 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 adjusting bones and joints, 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 examples 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).
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 for the Lord to possess "our hearts." We try at times to get people to "pray us out" of our desert experience, but something so very powerful and mighty takes place in the wilderness, you may want to learn how to abide there.
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 you into it, so you can learn from Him 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 and bride, so that your vineyards may be restored. There is a passageway from the Valley of Achor/Trouble (Hos. 2:15) to the door of hope.
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).
As noted at the beginning of this article, Song of Solomon 3:5 gives a beautiful clue about timing and the wilderness. It says "do not stir up or awaken love 'till HE PLEASES." In my ministry years, I have received many prayer requests from His people to bring them out of their desert experience. This is one prayer that ministers should not and cannot touch.
If God is doing a beautiful, deep work within you, He has set times for His work to come to fruition. To touch the work could result in death. Trying to help a caterpillar out of the cocoon would destroy the future butterfly. As noted above, He teaches us through scripture what to do. Romans 15:4 " For whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have HOPE."
Isaac and the Wilderness Mysteries
Gen. 24:62 "And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country." Lahairoi means the well of a living (One) my Seer, and a place in the Desert). He dwelt in the south country. South country is called the Negev meaning "a parched wilderness." He learned how to abide there.
The Living One who sees us today wants to help us understand what is happening to us when we are in the wilderness. Gen. 24:63 "And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide." In the physical world, Isaac lives in a desert, yet he understands and employs the power of Hebraic meditation in his harsh environment. Chewing on God's Word day and night, night and day will bring success and prosperity according to God's definition (Jos. 1:8). You may be chewing on the Word and still be tempted to stir up or awaken love before it is time; that is to become impatient. God will never be mocked. A man or woman who meditates on the Word, chews it over and over, and puts it to practice will prosper in everything they touch (Psalms 1:2,3). Not only that, you will bring forth fruit in the right season (Psalms 1:3).
Once Isaac walked out of that place, his desert, he lifted up his eyes and SAW, and behold, the camels were coming (Gen. 24:63). The camel, symbolized by the 3rd Hebrew letter in the alphabet called the gimel is a picture of blessing. I learned the following from Dr. Karl Coke: "The gimel (camel) is cognate (related to) the word gamol which means to nourish until completely ripe.
The Torah states of Isaac: "The child grew and was weaned" (Gen. 21:8). In this passage the word gamol refers to the development of an infant to the point that it can live without its mother's nursing. Isaac walks out of that wilderness at his 40th year (the number 40 represents "new beginnings, testing, probation and change). Isaac is mature, he is one who can understand dialoguing with God while in the wilderness; he understands the principle of meditation and is now ready to see the camels (blessings).
A beautiful piece of information about the camel is that they are equipped physically to endure tremendous stress, which enables travelers to survive the perils of the desert (Dr. Coke). Who was riding on the camel? Rebekah, Isaac's future bride is on the camel. Isaac is a picture of the Messiah coming out to meet his bride. Song of Solomon 3:6 "Who is this that comes out of the WILDERNESS like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?" Out of the wilderness comes tremendous change and blessings, otherwise unobtainable from another location (situation). Be encouraged today, "Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out and meet him" (Matt. 25:6).
Beauty In The Desert
There are no short cuts in God's Kingdom. We must all learn the Wilderness. My desire today is that you see the beauty in the desert. Isaiah promises us that "the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose" (Isa. 35:1). Be encouraged and comforted, your camels are coming.