The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

God reaches us in our wilderness. You may never have thought about this. The wilderness in the Bible is always a significant place. Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness as a shepherd, where the Lord prepared him to lead the people of Israel. John the Baptist’s most incredible ministry took place in the desert of Israel. The word “wilderness,” also translated as “desert,” refers to a lonely, uninhabited place rather than a sandy desert.[1]

John Was a Messenger in the Wilderness

Mark 1:This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. [2]

The wilderness was a place away from society’s busyness, which allowed John to hear the voice of God better. The desert had fewer distractions for John and the people who came to listen to the word of God proclaimed. Often our world is so full of noise that it is hard to focus on what the Lord has for us. God used the wilderness to bring people out of their everyday routines and begin to break through them spiritually.

Many people were baptized and repented of their sins. Their lives would never be the same after this wilderness encounter. Jesus would soon begin his ministry, and their hearts were ready for His message.

People Met God in the Wilderness

Often it is in the wilderness of our lives where we cry out to God because we are desperate. In this desert time, we hear the voice of the Lord. Perhaps you are in the desert right now, and the Lord is breaking into your life in a way you have never experienced before.

The Lord had been silent in Israel for 400 years until Zechariah heard from the Angel Gabriel that his wife would have a child in her old age. This child would be John the Baptist, an instrument in God’s hands to bring people to repentance. Some people think of the wilderness as the wrong place to be, yet God often does His best work in our lives when we are in the desert.

If you are a follower of Jesus, the Lord has not brought you into this desert to let you languish. He has brought you there to teach you things you could not learn any other way. Psalm 86:11Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. [3]

To hear more about how God reaches us in our wilderness, listen here:

[1] Barton, B. B. (1994). Mark (p. 6). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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