By Patrick Hawthorne
Sometimes, Jesus wants to minister to what’s in us before He releases us to someone else.” Mel Wild
My last two posts have been focused on moving into the plans and the purposes the Lord has called us to. As I wrote in Preparing to be Prepared, sometimes we may not be seeing open doors because we are not prepared for when that door does open. In I Want it Now, I addressed our sometimes bratty attitude of wanting things now and wanting it done our way. It is in those moments we must learn to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. (1 Peter 5:6)
In this post I would like to cover another facet of why we might not be immediately moving into the plans and purposes we know the Lord has called us to. I like to call this facet, “Wilderness Survival Training.” Each born again child of God must undergo this training at least once in their lives if they want to grow in the things of the Lord. To circumvent this training is to set oneself up for certain failure.
It is in the wilderness that we learn to trust in the Lord will all our heart. It is where we learn to cast aside doubt and fear and to walk by faith. Most of all, it is where we learn to totally expose our hearts before the Lord and to allow Him to work a work in us that will forever change our lives. One might consider it as a “Train the Trainer,” type program. Once again, to circumvent such training is to set oneself up for certain failure.
Consider the words of Mel Wild.
“I think part of the problem with our preparations is that we do the “activity” stuff (read the Bible, praying, seeking…) but we’re not actually opening our hearts to what’s going on inside of us. That’s part of humility too…being vulnerable to His penetrating but loving gaze. Are we letting Him deal with our anger, fears, wounds, disappointments, ambitions, etc.? This “Word” searches the inner thoughts and motives of our hearts (Hebrew 4:12). The Word is Jesus Himself. Sometimes, Jesus wants to minister to what’s in us before He releases us to someone else.” (Underline mine)
Let that last sentence burrow down deep within your heart. When was the last time you allowed Jesus to minister to you? When was the last time you totally opened up to the Lord and said, “Here I am, mess and all.” By freely submitting to the wilderness training, you are putting yourself in a position to where you will be a valuable witness for the Lord and to His goodness. Be blessed.