In A Wilderness
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Sometimes people seek counseling
because of disruption and upheaval in their lives. All that was familiar
and stable has evaporated and they are left with confusion and dismay.
They are in what can be called a wilderness experience.
Scripturally, one can be in a
wilderness either because of his own rebellion (Psalm 68:6) and
wickedness (Psalm 107:33-34), or because God for His sovereign purposes
has led one there (Luke 4:1).
In either case, human nature reacts
with panic, unbelief, fear, anger, and complaining. God, however,
intends to use the wilderness to test our hearts:
"And thou shalt
remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years
in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was
in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no"
(Deuteronomy 8:2 KJV).
God exposes our willfulness and
unbelief through testing, so that he may train us to trust Him:
"And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with
manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he
might hake thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live"
(Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV).
God's purpose is to teach us to live
in obedience so that we may possess the good plans and purposes He has
"Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man
chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee. Therefore thou
shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his way, and
to fear him. For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land..."
(Deuteronomy 8:5-7 KJV).
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