Rabbi Schneider — It's Only A Season
God bless you and Shalom, beloved one. My name is Messianic Rabbi K.A. Schneider. Welcome today to this very important edition of Discovering the Jewish Jesus. I'm on my final episode of a series that I'm calling Don't Waste Your Wilderness.
I know that this message that I'm bringing today, beloved, applies to millions of you. Many of you, even as I'm speaking, are finding yourself in a place of real loneliness, or a place of loss, or a place of struggle.
Maybe you've even lost a job, or a loved one. But you're at a season in your life right now that you would identify even yourself as a wilderness. I want you to know, your wilderness is not something that's lost. In other words, there's nothing that's wasted in our lives in the economy of God.
Everything that his elect ones go through, he uses. Isn't that a blessing to know that nothing in your life that you ever go through will just be a waste because the Word says that he causes all things, that Father God causes all things to work together for good to those that love him and are called according to his purpose?
Your wilderness is not wasted time. It's not a season in your life that didn't matter, that didn't count. No, in fact as I've been saying, there's things that Father God is doing in your life right now through King Jesus and the Holy Spirit that he can't do when things are going well. You see, the wilderness seasons in our life, beloved, are appointed by God.
We've been using as our primary text for this series Deuteronomy, chapter 8. In Deuteronomy, chapter 8, God tells the children of Israel through Moses the reason that he had them in the wilderness for 40 years. I'm just gonna read two of those verses right now to set the stage, beloved, for today's ministry.
Hear the Word of God. Deuteronomy, 8, verse 15 -16: Moses said: He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water. He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.
In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, hear it now, that He might humble you and that He might test you, hear this last phrase, to do good for you in the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.
Father God had it in his purpose to bring Israel through the wilderness to prepare them for the blessing that he was about, beloved one, to bring them into. And I want to say to you today, don't waste your wilderness, because if you don't go through the season in your life, right now the one that you're in, the wilderness that many of you are experiencing, if you don't go through it rejoicing and praising God, what's gonna happen is the wilderness period is gonna be extended.
It's gonna be made longer, or you're gonna have to go through another one 'cause you didn't receive and learn what Father God had intended you to receive and hoped you would receive during this wilderness for you. You see, James told us, I said last week in James 1:1-4, when you go through a trial, rejoice knowing that it's producing endurance in you which is making you complete.
You see, if you're going through a wilderness right now, beloved one, and don't have a positive attitude towards God, and towards your family, and towards your loved ones, if you don't walk through it right, what's gonna happen is Father's gonna probably have to bring you into another wilderness until you get it right, because he can't bring you into the fullness of what he has for you and I until we receive what he wants us to receive that can only be received in the wilderness.
You see, Paul said in 2 Corinthians, 1, verse 8-9 this. He said, I'd have you know, brethren, he said, that I am burdened excessively beyond my strength. That was a wilderness. It was a challenge. He said, I'm burdened with such tremendous weight of circumstances in my life right now, it's beyond my ability to bear it.
Once again he said, I'd have you know, brethren, that I am burdened excessively beyond strength, he said, that I'm despairing even of life. That's how hard it is. He said, but this happens to me, get it now, that I would learn to trust in God that raises the dead.
In other words, even as the Lord taught Israel of his supernatural provision why they were in the wilderness by bringing forth water out of the rock, by supernaturally providing manna on the ground. So Paul was in a circumstance in his life that he couldn't deal with it in his own resources. There were no earthly answers.
He had no earthly crutches, and he said, this was happening to him so that he could find the power of God that raises the dead in the midst of the circumstances; that he was going to experience God's supernatural provision in his life in the circumstances so that his faith would rest, beloved, not on the word of man, but on, Hallelujah, the power of God.