“To be commanded to love God at all, let alone in the wilderness, is like being commanded to be well when we are sick, to sing for joy when we are dying of thirst, to run when our legs are broken. But this is the first and great commandment nonetheless. Even in the wilderness – especially in the wilderness – you shall love him.”
There are a multitude of reasons we can find ourselves in the wilderness.
Sometimes, it’s because of our sin, sometimes, it’s the result of the sins of others.
Sometimes, it’s by choice.
Sometimes, the wilderness is safer than being inside the camp.
Sometimes, if you want to see the stars you must leave the lights of the city and go into the darkness of the wilderness to see them shine.
Sometimes, in order to see Jesus and love Him, you must leave those who claim to love Him too.
For me, this is such a time.
The divisions among us are now so deep, so entrenched in temporal politics, that I can no longer see Jesus clearly among the saints.
The Jesus of social media is primarily interested in the defeat and humiliation of His political opponents.
Sin and sanctification are measured by political ideology, not necessarily biblical standards.
The Sermon on the Mount is for the weak or another dispensation when voting wasn’t an option.
We are not known for our love, but we’d better be known to uphold specific political principles.
I don’t have what it takes to participate in such anymore, nor to debate with those who do.
Add to that the corruption of too many leaders, the abuse of the sheep by the shepherds… and it easily becomes too much to bear.
You run to the wilderness.
The great challenge of the wilderness is not to love Jesus in your isolation…that’s the easy part.
Once you see Jesus clearly above all earthly powers, once you see Him in the reflection of the Cross again…your heart is instantly renewed.
No, the hard part is to love the ones who are glad that you’re no longer among them.
The hard part is to not prefer division and give up on the hope of reconciliation with the family.
The harder part is to follow Him back where you came from…because He loves the people you left and because He does, you do too.
The brokenness you take into the wilderness is the healing you bring back home.
When you’re ready…
I’m not yet…
I will be.
Make your own application…