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.
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.
“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