Recently, I discovered that we all who are in Christ Jesus are on a journey to the promised land, we will all go through a wilderness season and I can guarantee you that the season is very silent, it will set you apart from those you love, it will cause you to see your weakness, it will cause you pain, hurt, bitterness. I later understood that whatever we all go through in life is a part of the story that leads us to the promised land.
The road to our promised land is full of challenges, so many things are going to happen on that road. It can be a heartbreak, loss of a family, losing a job, not having enough to get by, identity crisis and much more, although such events can be painful I want you to know this ” Greater things are yet to come”. There is a saying that goes thus “There is nothing in this world that is hard that it won’t still be soft”. The Lord does hear our prayers and HE works everything out for our good, You might have heard the promises of God over your life and you still do not see a glimpse of it coming to pass, you wonder how long will it take, when will it happen? as GOD forgotten about me? did I do anything wrong to tarnish that plan? I am here to let you know that God is still in the business of reviving dreams, HE is still in the business of bringing to pass all that HE said. Our Father in Heaven tells us in Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Let your mind be at rest then, HE has said it and it will surely come to pass, rest in who HE is today and all HE is to you. When the world changes HE will still be the same, all hope is not lost, just keep on committing your ways to HIM and HE will surely direct your path, all that is happening to you is not a mistake, it has being ordained by God for you to go through it and it is a lesson which you must learn from. Do not be like the Israelites who spent 40 years in the wilderness to get to the promised land instead of spending just 11 days to get to that promised land. It was also revealed to me that getting to our promised land depends on our attitude in the wilderness/silent season, you can grumble, sulk, complain all the time and prolong the season or you can begin to walk in faith and seek GOD MORE, for you know it is not by your power, nor by your might but by the spirit of GOD.
There was a time, I was going through a wilderness season and it happened in such a way that GOD separated me from a lot of people I was so attached to and I did not want to let go of them, the more I tried using my strength and human wisdom to keep them, the more they drifted from me. I received a word from the Lord during that period and HE told me to surrender to HIM and if I do not, I will keep going around the mountain. Well, I thought to myself how else can I surrender so good things can come my way, then I found out that “surrender” involves giving total control of your life to a higher authority (GOD) and in that process, you are letting HIM do whatever that seems fit for your life. You surrender through praying, trusting in Him and determining in your heart to obey HIS word when trials test our character.
Remember, the Israelites were on their way to the promised land (Cannan)-that place was filled with milk and honey and GOD had promised them it was their land. When this journey started, God intended for the Israelites to get there in 11 days but they spent close to 40 years and in fact, most of them did not enter the promised land. I will tell you why,, the Israelites were not contented, they had a grasshopper mentality (negative mindset) they were moved by the things they saw which resulted in a complaint, grumbling, lack of respect for who GOD is. As much as God in his infinite mercies still provided their needs, the Israelites prolonged their journey, you might wonder How? The thing is God cannot work with a mind that is closed, negative and limited, HE wants you to believe without seeing, He wants you to be strong and courageous even if the enemy is roaring in your face.
The best attitude to get you to your promised land quickly is meditating on Gods word for whatever challenges personally, praying, giving thanks at all times, confessing His promises for your life at all times and I can guarantee you that you will come out blessed, glorified and radiant. The journey is a path for pruning all earthly/fleshly habits and when the time is right you will be grateful for all that you went through.
Say this with me, Father I thank you for the journey you are taking me through, please Lord help me to have the right attitude in responding to trials and challenges that come my way. Help me to live a life that brings you glory so that I can get to my promised land. All these I ask in your son’s name Jesus. Amen