Make Peace with Your Wilderness

“Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, ‘I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.’ ”

– Exodus 2:21,22

Nobody wants to be in the wilderness. Such was the case for Moses, who after murdering an Egyptian man, fleed to the desert. He tried to cover his tracks, but realized that he had been seen by several of his Jewish countrymen, so he ran because Pharaoh was after him. Leaving behind his birth family and privileged life, the Bible tells us that he landed in Midian, which is neither Hebrew nor Egyptian.

Once settled in Midian, Moses began to live as if the previous season of his life never existed. After he rescued a group of sisters from aggressive shepherds as they were watering their father’s sheep, their dad, Jethro, took Moses in and eventually gave him one of his daughters, Zipporah, in marriage. Zipporah had a baby, naming him Gershom to commemorate that Moses was now embracing life in a foreign land. His family stayed in Midian for many years, until God finally called him to the next season of his life.

Friend, my advice to you today is to make peace with your wilderness. No matter how you got there, find the good in that place and embrace it. Though the season of the unknown may be longer than you had hoped, God is faithful and in motion even when you don’t perceive it. There is work to be done in the wilderness of your life and there are many things Jesus wants to teach you there, so don’t flee or try to escape it prematurely. Let the Lord finish the work He has begun in you, even in a place of discomfort and loneliness, and know that with Him, you are never by yourself!


Jesus, I choose to embrace my wilderness seasons, even though I don’t like being there.


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