I was conversing with a friend a week ago and she started talking to me about how, at some point in our Christian walk, we find ourselves at a very dry place – a place where we find it hard to squeeze anything from the chapters of the Scriptures, where we find ourselves singing a gazillion worship songs already and we still feel like He’s too far away, where we’ve tried so hard to seek Him and find Him but it feels like He cannot be found.
I found it totally timely that I read Matthew 4:1-11 the following day. The first few words totally caught my attention.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness…”
If we backtrack a little bit, we will see that this happened after that eventful day at the Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17) where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and the heavens opened and God’s voice was heard from the heavens saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Tell me if this isn’t at all familiar. One moment you are all passionate about your faith, you’re more than ready to do ministry, ready to slay some giants and then you wake up and feel like, “Hey, why do I feel so dry all of a sudden?”
Jesus modeled a beautiful, beautiful response which I would sum up to this: He embraced the wilderness He was led into because He knew He was just but one desert away from the breakthrough.
You read on and see how, after his time in that dry land where He fasted and prayed and got tempted and overcame temptation, He began doing one great thing after another.
We have just ended our five-day prayer and fasting and many of us, if not all, are believing God for a year of breakthrough. If you’ve been praying and fasting and you feel like you are still in that wilderness, embrace it. Worship Him there. You were led there to experience more of Him and His Spirit and remember: you are only one desert away from your breakthrough!