Sometimes you find yourself in a place in life that is less than ideal. Maybe you are like Joseph and feel there’s no chance for promotion. Or you’re like David and are just trying to survive. Perhaps you feel like Paul, who labored away in obscurity and lost it all. For whatever reason you feel as though you are in a wilderness and you can’t seem to escape. At times like this, panic can set in and lead to choices that are less than what God has planned for your life. How do you avoid this? How do you endure?
In The Wilderness, author and pastor Mary McLain looks to the examples of three men in the Bible—Joseph, David, and Paul—who had to wait years to be able to do what God called them to do. Marty also speaks to his own past experiences in the ministry and his years spent in a spiritual wilderness. He shares how he struggled to endure in the season of life that seemed to bear no fruit—but he shows that with perseverance and trust in God, he was able to hold on and discover the path to fulfillment.
If you’ve ever struggled with the wait or found yourself lost in the wilderness, unsure of where to go next, God’s command is to endure. Be comforted to know that you are not alone, and some of the most powerful testimonies in the Bible came after a long period of waiting. You have not been forgotten.