“And He peers into the places that I hide”
Discover beauty in what is to be discovered in our hiding place in the wilderness.
We frequently fear that we are brought into a dry, barren wilderness place as punishment for what we privately hold in our heart as shame.
It transforms our outlook immediately if we consider that the Father has not sent us there but has led us there with Him to do something beautiful to forge a depth of character and spirit within us.
“Who is that coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? “
We can see beyond our circumstances to a purpose.
We can look intentionally for Jesus in this place and for a transformation to take place.
In finding dependency we can come out strengthened.
John the Baptist called people to the wilderness to repent and be baptised.
It is a place where the Holy Spirit can rest upon and within and transform.
We have to be drawn out of the place where we are.
To rest in a place where God is.
A place where God speaks.
A place to encounter Jesus and be delivered from a bondage mindset to freedom.
A place where we can process feelings to release an understanding.
Jesus engaged with the Father in Gethsemane and opens up His feelings and allows His Father to minister to His needs.
He can minister to ours and heal us. We look back and each memory is a monument saying. God was here.
Much like the stones Jacob left as monuments in the desert whenever he wrestled in recognition that God was here.
God marks us and speaks over us with His special name for us.
He sees us fully and knowing that fullness we walk boldly with greater authority.
We no longer feel caged by how we perceive ourselves we feel liberated in the knowledge of how God sees us.
God speaks and changes the narrative for our story is the painful and broken places we have endured.
He transforms our shame and place plagued by the enemy to freedom in one word.
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
He makes “mountains tremble “He changes everything.
God is restoring us by our greater knowledge of Him.
God speaks directly to the need of the heart and the soul if we learn how to listen.
Slow down, like Mary at His feet and receive His words of creation and of love.
He is creating the place where fear is driven away a place with Him that cannot be taken away in any circumstance.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Is this too good to be true?
Get behind me Satan!
It is NOT too good to be true.
God is good always.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us“
The illustration shows us breaking out free of the cage of how we perceive ourselves. Being liberated from our wilderness place to know our identity in Christ of how God perceives us. Darkness is pushed back.
Five Scriptures that come to mind:
“Who is that coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I awakened you. There your mother was in labor with you; there she who bore you was in labour.”Song of Solomon 8:5 ESV
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28 ESV
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”Hebrews 4:16 ESV
“But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’””Matthew 4:4 ESV
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV
The song. Wilderness. Jeremy Camp