How To Know You Are In A Wilderness

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Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby spoke at church yesterday and she had a great message for this Lent season. Taking the passage from Luke 4:1-13 where Jesus is led into the desert, she brought up the whole idea of being in the wilderness and what that means.

The meaning is lost in the translation of when the devil said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Basically, in the Greek it would read “Because you are the Son of God” or “Since you are the Son of God”. Jesus is not being tempted to prove He is divine. Even the devil knows who His is. He is really being tempted to show He has the ability to control the situation, whether it be turn stone into bread, or call angels to His aid.

Jesus knew whose mission He was on…God’s mission to reconcile the world to Himself. Knowing this mission, Jesus could rest in his dependence on God, even in the midst of great trial in the wilderness.

According to McLaughlin-Sheasby, you can know you are in a wilderness season when:

  • You didn’t choose to be where you are.
  • Your circumstances are beyond your control.
  • God is silent.

So often we cry out to God, asking for a road map…a sign…something to let us know where we are going, but if we had a road map, what would we do? We would dodge the wilderness!

Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

And why is the wilderness so important? It is in the wilderness where you learn to truly depend on God. So often we try to control our situations. We want to “fix it” and make things better. We don’t hear from God so we think we have to do it all on our own. Well, that is not depending on God, and we will make ourselves exhausted in the wilderness if we go that route. It is when we truly give up control and rely on God that we find rest and peace in the wilderness.

So what is it that you are reaching for control in? What areas of your life do you need to let go and depend on God? 

Thank you, Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, for your God-given words Sunday. They gave me much to reflect on as I enter this season of Lent.

6 responses to “How To Know You Are In A Wilderness”

  1. Right now I am working on self control in my eating habits. WILDER-NESS! Oy! But God is faithful!


  2. True that. Thanks for the summary, and the timely reminder of what Lent is about.


  3. Wonderful message, Sherrinda. Thanks for sharing the thoughts and sentiments as we enter Lent. Who would willingly choose to enter the wilderness? Not me. But I desperately need to hand over all my problems to God who WILL overcome them. Really, it's not so much the releasing of my problems that I have issues with… it's snatching them back! Maybe God plops us in the wilderness for us to seek and learn to value quiet time with Him. It's a lesson I need to concentrate on over these next few weeks. Keep your words of wisdom coming : )


  4. Ugh…you and me both, Jessica! I gave up sweets for Lent and I have noticed I am a bit more snarky without them!


  5. Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby did such a great job. She really had some great thoughts to share.


  6. Audra, i know I would be dodging those wildernesses along the way! And I think you are definitely right…it is in the wilderness when I grasp for Him the most.

    (And these words are really just a summary of what Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby spoke at church Sunday. I'm just sharing what God and her gave!)


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