Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love, and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. | Psalm 107:28-32
“He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs” (Psalm 107:35). I believe that the Lord is wanting to encourage His people today, saying that His living water is going to flow into the parched and dry places. Do not despise what feels like a wilderness, for God is working through it, and He is preparing you for greatness! Continue to give Him the sacrifice of your praise, trusting that He is truly working all things together for your good, despite what you may currently see or feel in the natural.
In chapter six of 2 Kings, Elisha and his servant had found themselves against an army and chariots. The servant was scared, and asked Elisha, “What shall we do?”
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17). In a similar way, I feel that the Lord is wanting you to see in the spirit realm that there is, indeed, more that is for you than that which is against you. You are an overcomer, and you are coming to the other side of these trails and tribulations.
In the same way that the Lord brought Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego out of Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace, He will also bring you out of this fire, and you will not smell of smoke (Daniel 3:27).
Just as the Lord brought Joseph out of the prison and into the palace, the Lord has also been preparing you during the hardness for something greater. You will see all things work together for your good. You are the apple of His eye; you are the Lord’s great delight. Refuse to allow your heart to become hardened, nor agree with the lies of the enemy that will seek to tell you that you’ve “missed it.” After Joseph was tested, he was brought to the palace and received great honor. Even in what has felt like set backs, your experiences have truly been a divine set up to launch you into your calling and destiny.
Keep pressing forward. God is at work in your situation, and you will be found coming out of the wilderness, leaning on your Beloved (Song of Solomon 8:5).