An Oasis in the Desert

Some of us live in the desert…I mean, really, in the desert.  Others are in a season of life, a figurative desert, where isolation seems abundant and things don’t seem to make sense.  Still others may experience a spiritual dry season.  Be encouraged!

In the desert:

Abraham learned to trust God

Joseph rose above his circumstance, forgave and saved his family

The twelve tribes established a nation

Moses learned to lead others

Elijah witnessed miracles

Joseph and Mary obediently escaped to Egypt to protect Jesus’ life

John the Baptist preached repentance and pointed to Jesus

Jesus claimed victory over temptation through prayer and fasting

Philip explained the gospel to a foreigner

Paul received revelation of Jesus he would take to the Gentiles

Was their time in the desert easy?  No, but in each of these lives, God was present, equipping His people for His plan, His purpose, His glory.  They needed only to trust and obey.

Desert


May we not wander in the desert, downcast, kicking the dirt at our feet, but rather take advantage of the naked horizon it offers and look to see Jesus more clearly.

Amen

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” ~Hebrews 13:7-9