Silence in the Wilderness


"God says, 'Because you are devoted to me, I’ll rescue you. I’ll protect you because you know my name. Whenever you cry out to me, I’ll answer. I’ll be with you in troubling times. I’ll save you and glorify you. I’ll fill you full with old age. I’ll show you my salvation.'" - Psalm 91:14-16

During his forty days in the wilderness, I can only imagine how Jesus must have felt. He has no food, no water, he is alone, and the devil keeps coming to tempt him. I probably would have gone crazy — I know I would have starved.

But, if we think about our own wilderness times, I bet we can identify with the way Christ might have felt. I have spent periods of time in the wilderness. The first just after the accident where the Lord called me into ministry. Two other times as I served difficult churches who chose to tear down their pastor, instead of hold me in prayer. I knew, as an old friend would always tell me, “This too shall pass!” But, it was a painful, quiet, and lonely time.

In the wilderness, we feel alone and like there is always something there tempting us — to something worldly, or to something godly — to a better life. I can only hope that Jesus found as much comfort in the words from the Psalm: "I will rescue and protect you."

When you find yourself in whatever wilderness life gives you, be mindful of how much God loves you and wants to care for you. It may not make the time go by faster or even seem better, but it should give you courage to be strong and to pray in the silence. Know that God is there to give you the nourishment and support you need.

God, our strength in times of need, be with me today and everyday when I am feeling alone in the wilderness. Give me the peace to realize and accept that you are there, giving me support and love. Amen.
Mar 10 2019