Facing The Wilderness

When we think of a wilderness, we usually imagine a desolate area, like the desert. I lived in the desert for about a year. I always had water by my side. With the humidity at 0 or even a negative number, water was precious. When heading out to town, a trip that took about an hour in my car, extra water was a necessity. All trips were definitely well-planned.

There can be other types of wildernesses – areas without peace or acceptance – where who we are, comes in direct conflict with the status quo – emotional deserts. Sometimes it seems as if peace has been forsaken and conflict the norm, especially today in the US. How can this be solved? Can we find peace or is the enemy of harmony and goodwill too powerful for us?

David Wilkerson, in 1998, compared this end time scenario to those who lived in Egypt under the thumb of Pharaoh.[1] Life was extremely hard. The Hebrew people were slaves, forced to work for Pharaoh and overseen by cruel taskmasters. They wanted deliverance. In came Moses who told them that God wanted to take them to a new land and that Pharaoh would be convinced to let them go. The people had to realize that there was a desert to cross. A big desert. Deserts don’t have a lot of watering holes. And Moses didn’t talk about food either, which also is in short supply in the desert. Nor did he tell them to start setting some aside to take with them.

Compare that to our time. Not only is there unrest in our cities, there is also talk of another pandemic, of a possible economic crash, of bare grocery store shelves (again) and some even wonder if they will still have a job, or be able to find one. Will we have food lines, similar to the Great Depression of the past? If our enemies, carry out their threat of an EMP attack, how will we get good drinking water? Is there enough in the rivers in the US to support the current population?

So some have become “preppers”. They have stockpiles of food, water, and ammo. Some even have moved to rural areas and are learning to “live off the land”. But is that necessary? Does God care more for those who are able to buy all these supplies than for the poor in the cities or the elderly in nursing homes? David Wilkerson says, “No.”

What did the Hebrew people do before their exodus into the desert? They listened to God. They put blood on their doorposts. At a meal that included lamb and unleavened bread, they prepared themselves to leave at a moment’s notice. And that’s exactly what happened. When Pharaoh finally allowed them to go, he said, “Go now”. So they did, with only enough food for a few days, and only what they could take with them. They started out trusting God, and after 40 years in the desert, the Hebrew people arrived at their new home.

How does this apply to us? Just like the blood on the Hebrew doorposts, we who believe in Jesus are covered by His blood. Just as a lamb had to die, He died to cover our sins. Just as they left in faith, we too, must step ahead into our future in faith. God took care of the Hebrew people in the desert, giving them water from a rock and bread from heaven. Truly He can take care of us as well.

If God tells you to prep, then do prep, but never worry about not having enough food, water or that safe home in the mountains or wherever you envision it. Put your faith in God’s plan. After all, He does have a good one. And He alone knows the way home.

“Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the Name of the LORD, our God.” Psalm 20:6-7

[1] “God’s Plan to Protect His People in the Coming Depression”. David Wilkerson. Wilkerson Trust Publications. 1998.

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