Sometime we come to a time in life when everything seems to dried up. We don’t even know where to turn to again. We are in the wilderness of life. What shall we do? How are we going to come out from it? What if you are in the wilderness, is it the end of everything? Can any good thing happen in the wilderness?
Luk 4:42-44 KJV 42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. 43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. 44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
The Lord was in the desert. A desert is an arid dry place where the condition is not always favourable because there is lack of moisture and grass for animals and of water for man. You won’t find many people there. Jesus went there probably for devotion or retreat and yet the Bible says that people sought Him, they eventually found Him and came to meet Him in the desert. Right there in the desert.
One of the basic things they taught us in Economics about industry is location. They said location is the primary factor You have to get your business in a good location and where you have proximity to raw material and buyer. I didn’t doubt them but here in the desert, Jesus was there and yet people came for Him. Why? The answer is grace.
There is an anointing that surpasses laws of economics and finance. There are natural laws and there are supernatural laws. There is an anointing that is coming on you now that wherever you are people will locate you, they seek for you, they will come to you and they will discover you in Jesus name.
The Lord carried that grace and by the reason of power of ‘adolphous’, i walk in that anointing too, that wherever i am; at corner of the street, major street, village or town i shall prosper in Jesus name.
It is not only Jesus that was discovered by reason of grace. The Bible also talked about John the Baptist.
Mat 3:1-5 KJV 1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
John was in the wilderness of Judaea. This country was situated along the Jordan and the Dead Sea, to the east of Jerusalem. The word translated “wilderness” does not denote, as with us, a place of boundless forests, entirely destitute of inhabitants; but a mountainous, rough, and thinly settled country, covered to some considerable extent with forests and rocks, and better suited for pasture than for tilling. There were inhabitants in those places, and even villages, but they were the comparatively unsettled portions of the country (Barne).
Two things happened to John in the wilderness where he was:
- The word of God came to him
Luk 3:2 KJV Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
That is, the Holy Spirit that revealed to him this doctrine of salvation. This came upon him in the desert, where he was living in such a state of austerity as gave him full right to preach all the rigours of penitence to others
- People came to him in the wilderness
Mat 3:4-5 KJV 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
The Greek word for “went out” is “ekporeuomai” and it means: to go forth, go out, depart, metaphorically to come forth, to issue, to proceed of feelings, affections, deeds, sayings, to flow forth of a river, to project, from the mouth of one, to spread abroad.
Many people came to meet him right there in the wilderness where he was living austerity life. He has a message, he has a product and he was proclaiming his good which was the message of salvation. While doing that, somebody heard him, he contacted another person and that person contacted another person and before you know it, the whole town heard of John and they trooped to him.
Do you have a product? Do you have a message? It is a matter of time, people will hear you and they will come to you in Jesus name.
Elijah was in the wilderness, dejected and tired of life. He was depressed and ready to die but while he was sleeping, there was a divine presence.
1Ki 19:4-8 KJV 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. 7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
There was divine provision in the wilderness. I may not know your present condition now, may be you are like Elijah, you are tired of how things are going on around you, i mean you are in the wilderness of life, there is a good news here that God will remember you. He will provide for you supernaturally in Jesus name. God that brought food to meet Elijah in the wilderness shall bring your own in Jesus name
God is able to make provision in the wilderness. In the time of Jesus, people gathered to Jesus and He wanted to feed them. He requested for meal from His disciples to feed the people.
Mar 6:35-42 KJV 35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. 37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? 38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. 39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 42 And they did all eat, and were filled.
The Greek word for desert is “eremos” and it means solitary, lonely, desolate, uninhabited used of places, a desert, wilderness, deserted places, lonely regions, an uncultivated region fit for pasturage, used of persons, deserted by others, deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially of friends, acquaintances, kindred.
God provided more than enough food for the people in the wilderness with very little supply.