How many of us sometimes wonder why we were suddenly “on the sidelines.” It is a kind of “forced wilderness stay” in our lives. We could be a “seasoned” ministry leaders, much loved the action of intense ministry situations, but for some special reasons, the Lord wanted a time of intimacy and fellowship with us. His heart’s desire is for us to spend quality time with Him in the desert. In our “busyness”, the Lord pulled us out for a season to speak to us “one on one.”
Very often, as busy business executives, we are like “submarines”. We will emerge from the sea only on Sunday to attend church. For six days in a week, we were so involved with the affairs of the world that we forget our precious spiritual calling. Our Christian walk needs to be reengineered again and to allow the Lord to deal with us in our weaknesses and to renew our inner man. More often than not, we are not pleased to go into the “desert” with the Lord. We complain and murmur for the testing and trials. We prefer to dwell in our comfort zones and the security of the world.
We commonly call the times of inactivity “deserts.” They occur when God draws us apart to Himself for a season, as He did with Moses for 40 years in the backside of the desert, to strip us of our busyness and cares of this world, and to take out our abilities to operate in our strengths, while there is still time for us as mortal beings. It is a time of deep reflections and more importantly, to build a lasting relationship with the Lord.
In the wilderness process, He has not abandoned us, and He is not judging us either. Praise God for that! These can be precious times when we listened to God with new clarity and intensity. In these times we recognise anew our dependency on Him, and our intimacy with the Sovereign Lord is much deepened. Our hearts and minds shall be transformed supernaturally in the desert. The Lord will refresh us with His Vision for us, for our ministries and our families. God will reveal Himself mightily to us in these testing times.
This deep and precious relationship must be our FOUNDATION if we are to fully embrace our DESTINY in JESUS CHRIST, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
In Psalm 100:5 (NIV), the Psalmist proclaimed that, “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
The LORD is FAITHFUL even in our desert journeys in life.
Praise the Lord for the DESERT times! Amen!
Deuteronomy 32:9-12 (NASB).
The Song of MOSES.
9 “For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
10 “He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
12 “The Lord alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
Hebrews 13:5-7 (NIV)
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.