THE PLACE OF DIVINE ORDER





Maybe there have been times in your life where it seems your world is out of order.



A wilderness experience is beneficial when we keep our eyes on the Lord, become still and listen for His voice during its season





Maybe there have been times in your life where it seems your world is out of order. You have been moved out of your comfort zones and away from familiar things. A dark, foreboding cloud seems to hang over you.


When one thinks of a desert wilderness, what usually comes to mind is a hot, arid place, a place of loneliness and isolation, the feeling of being lost, abandoned and forgotten. Not somewhere you would go by choice, but it may be a place where sometimes God will lead us. The wilderness was where Moses received his mission as a spokesperson to free God’s people, where Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit before He started his ministry.


The Hebrew word for wilderness is MIDVAR (or midbar) and comes from:

  1. the Hebrew word DAVAR (spelled Hebraically - dalet, bet, resh)- meaning “word” (noun) or “speak” (verb)
  2. the parent root of davar DR (spelled dalet, resh) - meaning “order”

To the ancient Hebrew, speaking or a speech is an ordered arrangement of words. According to Strong’s Number 1696, DAVAR is a careful arrangement of words or commands said orally. Thus for the believer, a MIDVAR experience is where one would receive careful, orderly arranged words/commands spoken from the Lord.



After defeating the prophets of Baal, Elijah feared for his life and fled to the wilderness. From there, “he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.” (1 Kings 19: 8 - 9)


Instead of searching for relief or waiting for God to rescue us, we can listen for His voice

… "The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”’ (1 Kings 19:11)


1 Kings 19 (NIV)

12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”


1 Kings 19 (AMP)

12 After the earthquake, [there was] a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, [there was] the sound of a gentle blowing [ruach]. 13 When Elijah heard the sound, he wrapped his face in his mantle (cloak) and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?



...we begin to think, know and understand the path He is leading us down for HIS PURPOSES


15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.


In today’s chaotic world and all it’s distractions, a wilderness experience is beneficial when we keep our eyes on the Lord, become still and listen for His voice during its season. Through it we can gain humility, provision, receive instructions and are put on a path for His divine purposes.

(Deuteronomy 4)


So why do we resist our own personal wilderness experience? Perhaps we don’t understand God’s purpose for it and why would He lead us there in the first place.