Millennial Voice – Wilderness

By Joanna Lois Albesa

Wilderness has always been a place of test concerning our faith towards God (Deuteronomy 8). Without surpassing it, believing in God won’t make sense at all.

In the past, it was a literal exodus set in a dry place wherein the Israelites journeyed to reach the land they had to possess and it seems that it has become more of a subtle thing in our life today. Often we never realize the dryness of our soul which is made known through our complaints and rebellious attitudes in our journey to eternity.

When you believe in God, do not expect too much comfort and abundance that you have been dreaming of in your life. In fact, you will experience the opposite of it as our human nature contradicts and tries to twist our relationship with God – it tries to ordain time and season by itself, thereby disregarding the authority of the Provident One – an act of rebellion.

If I am honest, I know that I am also bent and twisted. I admit that I am guilty of complaints, of murmuring, of lust, of wanting, of a get-it-now attitude, of selfish ambition, of ingratitude, of vain glory and deception. These are some of the many factors that the enemy uses to steal the Lord’s perfect and eternal plan for our lives.

The question is, would we let our faith, which the Lord has planted in us to work out our salvation, be stolen and taken for granted?

Beloved, if you want to be considered great, you must go to the lowest point of your humanity. There shall be mocking, painful opinions, rejection and more hurtful experiences than we could ever name.

The challenge is to win over God’s favor and trust –  who we are going to be when we come out of our suffering (our own wilderness) – for there our entirety is revealed in the eyes of the most powerful God and nothing shall be hidden in the depths of our soul.

I will praise you with an upright heart,
    when I learn your righteous ordinances.
I will observe your statutes;
    do not utterly forsake me.

How can young people keep their way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
    do not let me stray from your commandments.
11 I treasure your word in my heart,
    so that I may not sin against you.

Psalm 119:7-11 (NRSV)

The Lord desires transparency, humility and obedience from us. May God’s Spirit remind us always of true repentance and of His Holy fear – to make them as the delight and joy of our heart for the rest of our time.

SHALOM!

Joanna Lois Albesa is a working Filipina student in Italy who aspires to be a businesswoman. She is a Christian – Born Again and enjoys writing about her life experiences to inspire the young people of her generation. She blogs at tornoutpage.com.

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