Immediately the Spirit brought (sent) Him out into the wilderness. (Mark 1:12)
Forty days be long spell ter go without food and water. Forty days be long spell ter go without spying another feller or lass who ‘ill offer a kind word or bite ter eat. After forty days a feller might think that Skipper done give up on him.
Ter be sure, we kin give up Skip. We kin harden our hearts ter the place whar we no longer hear his voice or feel his touch. But always Skip be calling ter us—even ter the very end of our days.
Forty Days of Testing
Forty days of testing be a regular thing with Skipper.
Back long ago, when folks seen that Moses whar taking a long time coming down from the mountain, they said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”
After they fashioned themselves a whole passel of little gods, they rose early next day and sacrificed burnt offerings ter thar tiny gods. Afterward they sat down ter eat and drink and ter indulge in revelry—which be a fancy way of saying they took drunk and commenced ter ‘aving thar way with one ah nudder in a fashion a body ought not.
That be when Skipper said ter Moses, “You best go down because your people have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them.” (Exodus 32:1-8)
How Long Will You Wait On Skipper?
How long will you wait on Skip befer yer time of testing proves too much?
Fer a season and no more?
Our Times of Testing Lead ter Blessings
Our times of testing can lead to cleansing, new vision, purging, deliverance, transition and renewal.
- Skipper caused it ter rain forty days and forty nights when he washed wickedness from the face of the earth. (Genesis 7:12).
- The twelve spies examined the Promised Land fer forty days before returning with a report. (Numbers 13:25).
- Goliath taunted Saul’s army fer forty days befer David stepped forwards ter slay that big giant. (1 Samuel 17:16).
- Elijah fled from Jezebel, traveling forty days and forty nights befer the Lord delivered him ter Mount Horeb. (1 Kings 19:8).
- After the Son rose from the grave, he stuck around forty days befer going up inter heaven. (Acts 1:3).
In ever case, those who trusted in the Lord received blessings but first they endured forty days of testing.
If you be in a desert wilderness, examine yer circumstances ter see what Skip be trying ter alter. Doth you need ter be made pure, catch a new vision, purge doubters and doubts from yer midst, be set free of a giant, be delivered from an enemy, transition inter a new role?
Skipper ne’er waste a day on ya. If you be in time of testing, thar be a reason.
Look up, look about, and ask Skip ter show you how come you be out in the wild. Then wait upon the Lord fer the answer.
Parroting the Prayers of Skip’s Crew
Lord, you be good ter those who hope in you—ter those who seek you. Give me yer strength ter wait quietly fer yer salvation and deliverance. (Lamentations 3:25-26)
“Avast! Avast ye!” be Dutch speak fer “pay attention, mates!” In times of testing, avast ye!