Wilderness can be defined as an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community. A wilderness is often a quiet place where most people go for meditation.
When a person is in the wilderness period, it simply means that person is shut out from people to focus on God.
As believers, we can get carried away by the duties and responsibilities expected of us. However, we are to slow down and go back to God as often as we can.
A wilderness in one’s life can either be a preparatory phase or a refueling phase. Luke 1:80 says that John the Baptist was in the wilderness until he started his public ministry. John the Baptist used the wilderness to prepare himself – to gain the quietness he needed to help build his spirit.
Jesus in Luke 5:16 was said to frequently withdraw from the crowd to pray. He withdrew so He could have time to refuel.
The ministry we have received is a ministry of responsibilities. You cannot continue to handle responsibilities when you lack energy or when you are experiencing a burn out. A believer who doesn’t value the wilderness period will end up being exhausted and become irrelevant because no refueling of the spirit is done.
The wilderness period is a period of less physical activity, more spiritual activity. It is the period where your spirit becomes sharpened as a result of a total focus on Jesus. Do you feel like you are tired? Go into the wilderness. Do you feel like there’s nothing new to learn or do? Go into the wilderness.
A wilderness in this present age does not necessarily mean going into the bush. It can be as simple as taking out time to be alone for few days with God so as to learn and get instructions from Him; taking time off social media; or even taking a short vacation to a place where you will be less disturbed and focus on Jesus.
Nobody leaves a wilderness period the way he/she came. A wilderness period strengthens you and renews your vision. Make use of your wilderness period well.
Don’t just say you are going into a wilderness period without an effort. Your wilderness period produces results when efforts are made. The efforts made show intentionality which is an ingredient needed for spiritual growth.
There is no growth without a break to refuel. Stay in the wilderness because it produces results. Jesus did in Matthew 4:1, afterwards, He had an angelic visitation that ministered unto Him (Matthew 4:11).