Reset in the Wilderness (Boot Camp, part 2) - Sermon - March 12, 2017 - Wellington First Assembly

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Reset in the Wilderness (Boot Camp, part 2) - Sermon - March 12, 2017

It sat there and stared at me, not moving an inch but making plenty of noise.  I froze and looked back at it – I could feel the tension flow through my body.  The purring softly whirred, the wheels spun around and around, and a sad face slowly faded into darkness.  So, I picked it up and took it to to the local nerd herd – whose most recent twitter ad suggested I didn’t have time to worry about buffering and restarts.  My computer needed a reset.

We are glued to screen time.  One recent psychological health article reminded its readers of the benefits of an old-fashioned camping trip.  Several studies have shown that spending several days in the wilderness without any electronic devices, artificial lanterns, or other benefits of technology effectively resets our own bodies circadian rhythms, increasing melatonin and reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes.[1]  Wilderness times are good for you!  At times, you must take the time to restart, refresh, and reset.

As we saw in last week’s sermon, Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness preparing to lead the people of Israel out of captivity.  Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, preparing to lead His people into freedom.  Wilderness times – complete with their barren, dry, and parched landscape – reveal to us what God has set in us – the purposes he established in us – the very mission he created in us.  When the patterns of busy life override what us to the point of exhaustion, then we must allow him to reset us --  reset our motivations, reset our lifestyles, reset our very identity in him.

Our text today looks at a familiar figure from the Old Testament.  Abraham learns what it means to be reset in the wilderness. 

Genesis 12:1-9

¨ Take time to finish the mission.
¨ Take time to follow the imperative.
1) Leave your comfort zone.
2) Help others on the way.
¨ Take time to envision the victory
When you lean forward into His eternal promises,
you will never stray from His perfect path .

The ultimate purpose of the wilderness is
not only to develop a deep transforming faith,
but to develop a profoundly energetic
and rewarding intimate connection with God .
– Dr. D.W. Ekstrand