If I were to take a poll of how many of us have been through a desert experience, many would raise their hands. Going through the desert is part of the Christian walk. Why? It’s purpose is to draw us closer to the Lord and build our faith and strength in Him.
Deserts are known for their dry, parched land where there is little or no water. The days can be extremely hot, and the evening terribly cold. There is sand, dust and all you see around for miles is more desert.
When going through those tough times, you can feel as though you are in dry land. All you see in front of you is more desert, with no apparent hope in sight.
Once our pastor had asked if any of us had gone through the desert, I responded “Yes, on my way to Vegas.’ I tried to be funny.
As we know the Israelites did not make it do their promised land except (as my husband says) the two Republicans, Joshua and Caleb. The rest of the Israelites did not make it in due to unbelief.
When there is grumbling, complaining, murmuring there is unbelief. Moses performed various miracles in the presence of the Israelites, yet they still complained.
So my question is, how many miracles has the Lord done in my lifetime, and I complained?
While we may not have a Moses to perform miracles in front of our eyes, we all have something far greater. The Holy Spirit.
Through the Holy Spirit we will be able to receive prophetic words, visions and encouragement. Our pastors preach from the written word and this my friend is what we hold on to. By holding fast to those promises, we avoid walking around in circles. Instead of complaining, we thank the Lord for what He has shown and promised us, and thank Him for what we do have.
As with any trial we face, we have the power through Jesus to overcome. We continue to “see” our visions, our promises, those words spoken over us that give us hope and build our faith, and that is what we use to gain our strength to walk through that dry, parched land.
When the time comes to cross over to our promised land, we will be worthy to possess it.
May our strength in the Lord encourage others to stand fast and overcome. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?