They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
When we’ve disobeyed and we’re out of fellowship with God, it’s like being in the wilderness, wandering around with nowhere stable to stay. And without Him, we’re hungry and thirsty, never satisfied, never okay, and certainly never thriving. Our souls are wastelands without God’s presence to fill them and make them truly alive. Surely we can feel the dryness of that place. And certainly there is a great darkness that descends upon us when the source of our light and life is far from us.
But God is a deliverer. He will show us the right way to go and lead us to a safe place to dwell. He delivers us from sin and the sorrow and shame it causes. He delivers us from loneliness and rejection and comes near to be our guide. He delivers us from the confusion of being so lost and aimless. He delivers us from every heartache that life can throw at us, every lack and every loss, because He fills us with His own presence. He has taken us from the grips of Satan, our greatest enemy. He has pulled us out of darkness and into His glorious light once again. He has brought us forth from a land of rejection to His arms of love and acceptance.
And then He leads us, because God will always be our leader if we are willing to step behind Him and follow. And He leads us in the right way so we don’t have to end up back in that wilderness withering away, but we can go forward into a city of habitation—a place fit and safe to dwell with everything we could possibly need. Being restored to God is like coming home. It just feels right, and we are filled with the joy and peace and comfort that can only be found there.
During our journey through life, we may all experience times where we feel like we’re in a wilderness. Everything is dry and lifeless without the presence of God. Everything is harsh and foreboding. And the vast emptiness there can threaten to overwhelm us. But when we find ourselves far from Him, we only need to cry out to Him, acknowledge Him and make our plea, and He will come and deliver us. We simply needed to call upon the Lord to be saved the first time we realized we needed Him in our lives, and the same is true at any other point in our lives, as well.