The Wilderness

Lent Devos

BREATHE – Day 6, February 22, 2021 – 40 Day Lenten Journey

“They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord
Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt,
Who led us through the wilderness,
Through a land of deserts and of pits,
Through a land of drought and of deep darkness,
Through a land that no one crossed
And where no man dwelt?’ Jeremiah 2:8

We are no different today than the Israelites who wandered in the wilderness as a process toward the promised land. In fact they often desired to go back to Egypt and remain enslaved and oppressed because there was comfort in the “known.” They knew what their day would look like. They knew they would have food to eat, although minimum, they knew it would come. They would rather trust in the oppressed minimum than surrender to what was unseen and would require a wilderness season in order to experience new life.

I think it’s safe to say we have all walked a “wilderness” season. In fact the pandemic has forced many of us into a dry barren place where we have felt isolated, alone and starving for community.

It’s in those wilderness places that the Lord God can do an incredible work in our life. All we have to do is surrender! Be willing to let go of the “known”, the mundane comfort of oppressed and stagnant living. Trusting we walk our “wilderness” journey with a loving and living God that breathes nourishment into our weary soul and makes a way in our dry desert seasons. Just as the Israelites were being prepared for the land set apart for them; abundant in fruit and overflowing with milk and honey, we too are being prepared. Prepared to live a life of resurrection. A life free from what enslaves and oppresses us. A life where the shackles of regret and the chains of sin and death are cut loose. A life overflowing with the riches of shalom (peace), the abundance of hope, continuous joy and Eternal love. It’s time to wave the white flag and surrender the comfort of the “known” and allow the Lord to work in the ruins of our heart to bring us healing and restoration.

The wilderness journey of lent begins this week. Jesus models the response in Matthew 4; fast, pray, and feast on the very Word of God. May you release the comforts of this world for the abundance of living a life out of the overflow.

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