Thursday April 7, 2011
In our bible study on Tuesday night we got into a discussion on being in the wilderness. When asked how many had recently experienced the wilderness, all hands were raised. We then began to look at some factors that contribute to the wilderness experience. It is never really enjoyable to experience the wilderness unless you are a mountain man or woman (that’s a joke). And for the mountain man/woman, his or her wilderness would probably be in the city.
I know from reading that Jesus was baptized by John and then went out into the wilderness for forty days and forty nights and was tempted by satan. In every wilderness experience we face, is there a specific truth or insight that we need to grasp before the experience ends? And what happens when we are in the wilderness and before the experience ends, another wilderness trial begins to hit us and seems to bury us even more than before? Are there wilderness experiences that have no specific truth that God is trying to teach us?
It was a night filled with more questions than answers. Oh, I imagine that we could have answered the questions with super spiritual truths, but all who are in the class are mature Christians and we truly wanted to look at this area that has and is hitting each and everyone of us. We wanted to truly grasp the significance of wilderness experiences we face and seek to learn all we can from these experiences so that our faith and trust can be multiplied for His glory.
As you read this jlog, I encourage you to take some or all of these questions and make comment for our group so that we can gain from your wisdom as you have had your own wilderness experiences. Thank you so much for your input in advance.
Sometimes the journey causes us to stop and think and question before we take another step.