It can be lonely in the wilderness
by Daniel Mark
1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Temptation: G3986 πειρασμός peirasmos pi-ras-mos’ From G3985; a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication adversity: – temptation, X try.
Faithful: G4103 πιστός pistos pis-tos’ From G3982; objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful: – believe (-ing, -r), faithful (-ly), sure, true.
Bear: G5297 ὑποφέρω hupopherō hoop-of-er’-o From G5259 and G5342; to bear from underneath, that is, (figuratively) to undergo hardship: – bear, endure.
God our Father, will indeed allow us to be tempted, or tested, but He is faithful, sure and true, and will not suffer, or allow us, to be tempted beyond what we can bear, or endure. In our darkest hour, as we feel so alone, and the pain from the trials we undergo seems so overwhelming and unbearable, Satan tries to deceive us into believing the Lord doesn’t hear our prayers, or care. Remember the scripture above: cry out to the Lord “your Word is true Lord”! “Strengthen me Lord, so that I can endure this trial”! The Lord is faithful, sure and true and Satan is a liar! Comfort yourselves with these truths.
I know many of you are going through severe trials right now, so am I. The scripture (1 Co 10:13) begins by saying the trials or temptation we go through, are common to man, or that many of us believers are going through similar adversities. That is somewhat of a comfort, but the fact, yes the FACT, that God is faithful brings peace in the midst of the storm. As we go through these trials and the Lord proves His faithfulness, our faith grows.
1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
We’ve all heard that we would go through these things, and now that we are, let’s get to the place we need to be to overcome. Prayer is a good first step as always, then get your Bible and study what it says concerning your condition. For this article we’re going to use a common issue for the remnant in the wilderness, i.e. the believers who have heard the voice of the Lord calling them out of the modern day apostate church, in obeying the Lord you will most likely lose most of your friends and even your family members! Anyone who has gone through this can tell you how painful it is. We lament the loss of fellowship, and most of all, that we can’t get our lost loved ones to open their eyes and see what the Lord has made so plain to us.
The kingdom of heaven spoken of in the parables in Mat 13 describes a man who found the “pearl of great price” and sold everything he had to acquire it. When we receive the Gospel we are expected to forsake all earthly things to attain the kingdom of heaven.
Luk 9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Luk 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Luk 9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Of course, many see a reference to Lot’s wife, but it’s more than that, it’s that you aren’t the same flesh-driven creature, you are a new creation in Christ! You are about the business of the kingdom of heaven, your Father’s business, and all earthly kingdom activities henceforth take a backseat to this “pearl of great price” you have found. Surely this will cause friction between you and your friends and family. Jesus said so:
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
So as our love and obedience to Jesus Christ and His Gospel overshadows our relationships and activities on earth a separation will occur. We’ll gravitate towards like minded believers rather than fellowship with those whose lives are mostly grounded in earthly cares. Thus fulfilling the Lord’s words’ as those who are spiritually minded, and those that are carnally minded drift apart, friendships dissolve, families breakup and even some marriages end. A separation is taking place as we get nearer and nearer to our Savior’s return. It is indeed painful, but who wants to forsake Christ to avoid it?