There are times when God might call you to Himself for a season of consecration. Even though each one of us is called to live a consecrated life every day, there are some He may call away for a time of separation. He makes a way for you to get away with Him that you otherwise might not have been able to have. It’s not necessarily a complete isolation, and it’s not a season that is unhealthy or drawn out; but it’s a time period where God sets you apart for His purpose and His timing.
“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!” Song of Solomon 2:10, 13
Psalm 139:5 “You have beset and shut me in-behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me.” Amplified.
A purpose God could have for a season of consecration are:
- Communion– God wants to be with you and you with Him.
- Revelation – God wants to reveal the truth of His Word to you.
- Preparation or training – God is preparing you for something.
- Waiting on timing – God may want us to wait on the right timing of His plan.
- Testing or refining – God wants to strengthen you or work something out of you
- Service – God has something He wants you to get done.
- Protection – God wants to keep you from harm.
- Restoration – God knows His servants might need to be repaired or rested.
Here are Bible examples of people that God called to a separated season:
- Elijah at the brook Cherith (I Kings 17:1-7)
- Jesus in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-15)
- Moses 40 years in Sinai (Acts 7:23)
- Israel 40 years in the wilderness (Joshua 5:6)
Some people refer to this season as a “wilderness season” because it’s a season where you appear to others to be wandering or unproductive. However, a wilderness season is a time that you want to make the most of, a season of knowing God and experiencing His miraculous hand in your life.
Exodus 19:4 “… I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”
Eagles are able to fly higher than other birds, and they make their nests very high on a cliff or in a tall tree where no predators can reach. God compared Himself to having the wings of an eagle, taking His people away from their bondage, from other nations, and brought them to a place of intimacy with Him.
Isaiah 43:18-19 “(18) Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. (19) Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
This verse tells us that God will provide the way to the next season. There was going to be a new road, a new river, a new way to get you to where you need to be. It would be the start of something new, something fresh, and something that would come from being with Him. When Jesus left the wilderness, He started His ministry. When Moses left the wilderness, He led people to freedom. When Elijah left the wilderness, it brought an end to a drought. When Israel left the wilderness, they went into their promised land. God would not lead you to go through a wilderness season without the promise of accomplishing His purpose.
Suggestions for going through a wilderness:
- If you have been invited to “come away with God,” consider it an honor, and make the most of your time with Him.
- Live dependently upon God, trusting God to provide for you, even if it takes miracles of provision.
- Follow God’s leading for each day. Be obedient. Thrive outside of a routine.
- Put your eyes on God and worship Him. Don’t focus on your discomfort.
- Allow God to reveal, to train, and to repurpose you for what’s ahead. Don’t complain.
- Allow God to repair you if you need restored and to refine you if you need strengthened.
- There could be people who do not understand your journey and may criticize you; however, you just keep your eyes on the Lord.
- Keep the promises of God in front of you. He is faithful and He will do what He has promised.
Yield to God and His timing. Let Him work something beautiful in you so you can know Him and then go to make Him known.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time…”