“O God, when You went forth before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness,
The earth quaked;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.” -Psm. 68.7-8
The greatest hindrance to a consistent and vital faith is the unwillingness to recognize the presence of God in the midst of wilderness times.
Somehow, when our table is spread lavishly, when the money is there in abundance, when men are giving us honor and esteem, we assume that the blessings of God is thereby upon us. In reality, temporal exterior blessings are not a true statement of anything. In fact, it could even be said that the intensity of our wilderness experiences has a direct correlation to the degree of inward growth that we have come into by the power of grace. God would not be a Father is He didn’t test us, and afford us the trials of the wilderness for the enlargement of the inner-man.
The remarkable truth that the Psalmist’s vision expresses, and what is most often forgotten in the wilderness times, is that God Himself is in the midst of them, “a very present help in the tight places.” Not only is He present, but He has “marched through the wilderness,” forging a path for His sons and daughters. Since He has triumphantly marched through the wilderness, we can be assured that nothing will strike or confront us, but that which we may overcome if we tap into the wellsprings of grace. It is not an easy path, nor will our journey be without enemies, turbulence, and trying terrain. But He has forged it by His own choosing, providing a gateway for us to come into a greater revelation of Himself. We must only acknowledge His wisdom and submit to His Lordship in the midst of it.