Because of our fleshly nature, we tend to go about life believing what we know to be true as, for the most part, all there is. What we know of our God, ourselves, our surroundings—this is our feeble understanding in the midst of life with a big God.
The thing is, our God is far bigger, and He gently leads us into the uncharted territory of our hearts so that we can have eyes to see and know more of Him. In Hosea, we see that the Lord draws out the unfaithful with His love.
“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.”-Hosea 2:14 (NIV)
The wilderness is the place of solidarity. The uninhabited, sometimes lonely, and usually desolate regions—both of the physical realm as well as the spiritual and emotional. The placed deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially those closest to your heart. The woman neglected by her husband, from whom the husband withholds himself. The man seeking fellowship among other believers, who, in turning both ways, always finds himself alone.
What we need to know to be true here is that the wilderness is not what it seems. Strong’s concordance defines it as “lush pastures that the Shepherd takes His beloved out to and nourishes in.” To be drawn out to the solidarity of the wilderness with your Creator is a beautiful privilege. Instead of fighting against “going it alone”, take His hand and walk boldly into this space He has prepared for you. He will lavish you in His love and protection there.
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