Deserts

This morning my study was on Moses and his 40 years in the desert (Gen. 3, Acts 7).  A time of little admiration, recognition or accomplishment.  A time where God was working, and Moses was changing.  We all go through a time of desert dwelling (if not many) throughout our lives; Maybe your boss has it in for you, and you worry that your job is in jeopardy.   Or your children are making poor decisions, and you worry about their safety and future.  Maybe you are struggling with a relationship, or just came out of a divorce.  Or you have a sick loved one, or have just lost someone very close to you.   It could be that you are just struggling with feelings of failure, and that no matter the effort, you can't seem to make life work.

Please know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  Even Christ Himself experienced time in the desert (Matt. 4).  For Christians, this time is required.  It is God's way of molding us and making us into His image, and for His purpose.  These are times where pride is removed, fear is confronted, and resentment and bitterness is defeated.  A time of struggle, confusion and questions, but also a time when you are never alone.  We are at our best when we are at our least.  This time allows us to see God more clearly, and experience Him more completely.  God wants our all in all, and sometimes the desert is the only way to accomplish this.

Matt. 11:28 says, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul".  God's yoke allows a sharing of the weight.  A provision for going thought the desert in His strength, and not of our own ability. 

I don't know anything about your specific desert today.  As the late pastor Alan Day said, "you are either entering a time of trials, in a time of trials right now, or coming out of a time of trials", just know that you are not alone, and this is part of God's plan to pull you closer to Him, because HE LOVES YOU.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Jennie wrote:
We are at our best when we are at our least. I LOVE that sentence AND the truth behind it!!

Fri, March 2, 2012 @ 6:57 AM

2. Charlie wrote:
Chip Ingram had a pretty good series on trials and dealing with adversity called "Keep Pressin' Ahead". I liked his use of Nehemiah. It's worth a listen.

http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/living-on-the-edge/listen/#Keep+Pressin%27+Ahead

Fri, March 2, 2012 @ 11:46 AM

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