Psalm 121: 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Luke 5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret.~ 15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Jesus is our leader! How often we have not understood this. He was a man that knew what he needed, but so often we don’t! Many of us Christian men have been tamed, our whole existence is “in the city life.” We have lost the wildness, we no longer know how to kill the lion or the bear as David did. It is interesting that David fell into sin, in the city,
1 Chronicles 20:And it came to pass, that after the year was expired, at the time that kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote Rabbah, and destroyed it.
David should have been in the hills overlooking the field of battle, he should have won the day, not his Captain. We often criticize those men who say they find God when they are out on a boat fishing on Sunday, yet, in Luke 5 we find Jesus by the lake, in fact he goes fishing, but not any type of fishing, he goes POWER fishing. Read from Luke 5:1, he directed Peter “a fisherman” how and where to fish. Peter obeyed (though reluctantly), and caught so many fish he had to call another boat. Peter realized that this man he was listening to was not some ordinary man, his response was “8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Peter had found God on the lake on a boat.
In Psalm 19 we read:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Peter had found God, on a boat in the middle of a lake, while the Sun was shining it’s righteousness forth so he could see. Peter confessed his sinfulness, and his soul was converted. Peter was a wild man, God LOVES wild men! He does NOT want us tamed. He knows we need time in the wilderness, for he walked in our shoes. He knows the beauty of a sunset, he knows the call to climb a mountain, he knows the need to set up a camp, HE DID THOSE THINGS. Where was he on his 40 day fast? In the wilderness, away from people and the everyday ordinary. Father was there. Where was it he went when he needed to be refreshed and commune with his dad? In the hills, in a solitary place. Basically in the back country.
Where was it that God placed Adam? Was it in a Condo? NO! It was in a wild place, a place full of animals, wild beasts, a place of Lions and Lambs.
Genesis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
It was a Garden in the eastern part of Eden.
Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Do you get that, God put him there! We feel the call of the wild because he made us from the dust of the earth in a wild place! Why do we feel the call of the wild? Why do we love to look upon the beauty of a raging waterfall? Why do we get that itch to hike a steep, jagged trail? Or the desire to pan for gold? Or to become rock hounds? Or to go into the backwoods on a pack horse? God made us that way, and he loves it! Look at the picture God paints for us further in Genesis 2. It was a place of beauty and sustenance and raging rivers:
9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 13And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
Do you know what happens when rivers converge? They make a roar! They move things, they rage!
But there was a tree in the midst of the Garden! Oh that tree! It slew us, tamed us, ruined us. Yet, in another garden, way in the future. God made a way for redeeming us. To bring us back to where we should be. In a garden the plan was accepted by another Adam. A wild man, a man who knew he was loved by the Father, but would have to endure for a season what we had and have endured for most of our time here. Being separated from God. A tree was our doom, and for Jesus a tree was awaiting. We were slain by the fruit of a tree, but soon, He would be the slain Fruit of another tree. A fruit that would bring life, and wholeness, and restored relationship with God when we taste of it:
Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Don’t listen to the voice of the accuser, the deceit that pours from it’s hiss. Jesus was a wild man that blazed a trail for us to follow in. A trail that leads us to the wilderness to be with him, to sup with him, to enjoy his creation, his presence. It’s ok to shed the bonds of urban life and enjoy his creation. He gave us eyes to behold the stars, and the trees, and the rivers and lakes, and fish, and deer. He gave us a desire to gaze into a fire at night and go into deep contemplation, to see embers circling in all directions. He made us love to look on the reds and oranges and blues and purples of the setting sun behind a black tree lined hill. He gave us the thrill of hearing the bay of a wolf or the screech of an owl or the lonely sound of a whoop-er-will in the night. He made that excitement deep down inside us, as we careen wildly down a rapids, or jump a ravine, or climb to the top of a tree. Why? We are made in his image and these are the things he did when he was here.
So, what to make of all of this? It is time! Time to journey into the wilderness, time for jeans, and backpacks, and hiking boots. It is time to visit the Master of the Wilderness and redeem your manhood!
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture Quotations from King James Bible.
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