Exile is a forced absence from your home. I’ve been thinking about exile because I’ve been reading Daniel. It describes the way God used his servant Daniel during his exile in Babylon.
While listening to a sermon on the radio today, I made a connection that had not occurred to me before. The preacher was talking about the “revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.” (Revelation 1:1) Did you know that Jesus revealed these visions to John while he was in exile on the island of Patmos? (Revelation 1:9)
Here’s what I observed. God used a time of exile to communicate with both his servants. It was not perfect circumstances that indicated God’s pleasure in both Daniel and John. Rather, through their obedience, he spoke with them during a time when they were displaced, exiled. He used them when they were separated from their homes.
Are you in exile right now? Are you waiting for your circumstances to improve, for things to “get right”, before you get serious about your relationship with God? Maybe exile is exactly where God intends to use you, to speak to you.
There is precedent. Ask God what he has to say to you in your current place, even if it a desert. God’s specialty is exile-messages-of-hope.