Monday, July 23

Are You Suffering from Wilderness Fatigue?

Out of work.
Loss of insurance.
Temperatures soar.
Bankruptcies abound.
Foreclosures proliferate.

Things are drying up all around. Feels like the hot sands of the Sahara sometimes, doesn’t it?

What drives you into the desert? What vehicle takes you for a spin to the backside of the wilderness? No, I don’t mean an SUV, bus, or pickup truck. Circumstances, doubts, fears, and disobedience drive us there. However, some of us use a dump truck!

Moses sinned by killing an Egyptian and fear of death drove him to the wilderness. And for forty years, Moses “kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian.” One day, “he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.” (Ex. 3:1 KJV)

Let’s look at that for a moment.

Kept in Hebrew means to shepherd, to tend a flock or pasture it, to graze, to rule, to associate with (as a friend), to be companions, or to be a special friend.

The meaning of led is to drive forth (a person, an animal, or chariot), lead, carry away, proceed, and so on.

The word wilderness means a pasture, open field, desert, uninhabited land, mouth, and speech. Its root word means to arrange, to speak, declare, converse, command, promise, warn, sing, talk, teach, tell, utter, etc.

Mount Horeb is in the Sinai Peninsula. In Hebrew, Horeb means a dry, wasted, and desolate land. So, why did Moses take the flock there to pasture them? And if kept means to graze, then there must have been fodder for the flock to feed on.

We know for sure there was a little growth…a bush.

While Moses was there, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in that bush appearing to be on fire. Moses purposely drew near the flare of this non-burning bush. After calling Moses by name, God spoke to him.

Hmmm…in the wilderness, a dry place where God communes. There, God told Moses His plan for him and encouraged him, “I will certainly be with you.” (Ex. 3:12 TLB)

Years later, Moses, speaking of Jacob, said God “found him [Jacob] in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” (Deut. 32:10 NKJV)

God met Jacob in the wilderness, encircled him, guarding him from danger, taught him, and watched over him as the little man (reflection) of His eye. And He will do the same for each one of us when we are in our own wilderness, whether self-imposed or otherwise.

* Have your circumstances created your own private wilderness?
* Have you run to the wilderness to escape the consequences of something you’ve done?
* Have you been wondering around in it so long that fatigue and thirst have set in?
* How long has it been? Two weeks, two months, two years? Or maybe it’s been twenty or even forty years like Moses?
* While in that barren place, do you hear the Lord?
* Do you listen to His plan and purpose for your life?

There is a bush burning in the midst of your situation. God’s presence burns to commune with you. Purposely turn aside from your distress and draw near to the Lord. Tune out the frazzled racket of the world to hear those sweet whispers of heaven.

Hidden in that wilderness are the words of comfort you so long to hear. God will give you springs of living water for which you have long been thirsty. He “will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Is. 43:19 NKJV)

He will encircle you with His love, guard you with His strong arms, teach you, and keep His watchful eye on you, never letting you out of His sight.

That living hope He imparts is greater than your circumstances, greater than your depression, greater than your grief, greater than your debt, greater than your yourself.

The Lord is with you, no matter how dark or how dry your situation becomes.

If you are suffering from wilderness fatigue, I pray you find that peaceful, resting place of encouragement and thirst-quenching in the midst of your circumstances. May you know God’s encircling, His protection, His teaching, and His watchful eye upon you.

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12 Responses
  1. Jean Wise Says:

    What hope you give today. I love how you teach and encouraging at the same time. I enjoy learning the meaning of the root words too = really gives you insight to wilderness times. You are a gifted teacher and writer!

  2. lynnmosher Says:

    Oh, Jean, I am almost in tears. I cannot tell you much your words mean to me today. Trying to write this has been a big struggle because my fibro-fog has been really foggy! You are so sweet. Thank you so much for your kind words. Bless you!

  3. What a wonderful job you did Lynn, leading us through the meaning of the words and reminding us that God was with those bible characters and that He is with us, too. Thank you for that.

  4. lynnmosher Says:

    Carol, between you and Jean, my heels are pumped up so high, I'll probably get a nose bleed! What a blessing! Thank you, sweetie! You bless my heart!

  5. Pam Mosher Says:

    Wonderful Lynn! You are so blessed with God's wisdom and insight. The next time I am experiencing "Wilderness Fatigue" (we all do experience it), I will remember your words ~ that there is a burning bush to guide me through. Bless your heart, my friend!

  6. Gigi Says:

    This was a very beautiful blog. I felt like I was in a court room with your opening statements. I love the paint such a beautiful picture of a sometimes dismal world. Isn't it great to know that even during our times in the wilderness the Lord never leaves us? We can have peace no matter come what may. May the Lord continue to richly bless you! Take care! Love and prayers <3

  7. Yes, there is always a burning bush in the wilderness as an oasis can only be found in the desert.
    Great post Lynn, thank you for sharing your precious heart :)

  8. Pamela Says:

    What an encouraging post! Chronic pain has been my wilderness. I'll be highlighting the Deut. verse. I treasure the times God finds me.

    Thank you for digging a bit into the meanings of the words.

  9. lynnmosher Says:

    Aww, thank you so much, sweet Pam! So generous of you. I deeply appreciate your comment and YOU! Blessings to you!

  10. lynnmosher Says:

    Dear sweet Gigi, thank you! From the bottom of my heart. You make my heart happy! Bless you!

  11. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you, dear Marja! You have a special place in my heart. You have been such a sweet follower for so long. It always blesses me to see your comment. Love you!

  12. lynnmosher Says:

    Oh, Pamela, I'm so sorry. I suffer with fibromyalgia. I sympathize with you with whatever you are suffering. Saying a prayer for you. Oh, I see you live in Muncie. My sister lives there. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I so appreciate it. Blessings to you!