Sometimes the desert
Often I have wondered why we have to suffer through such dry and difficult times in Christ. Why do we find ourselves in dry places as followers of Jesus? Why do we have to go through the desert? I mean there are many who say being a Christian in the desert should never happen. I hear the distant cry from the popular prosperity gospel culture saying “hakuna matata” with the faint lyrics of George Michael taunting me with “you gotta have faith” complementing their promise of no worries if your greatly favored. It begs the question, do I go through the desert because I am weak and faithless? Is the promise in Christ really all about easy living, monetary wealth, and great health? I wonder though, perhaps sometimes we need the desert?
There are so many more examples but just these three but here we find a king (David), a prophet (Elijah), and arguably the greatest missionary example (Paul) showing us that they all had deserts. Each of them faced a moment, or more, where they would have to press into the LORD, trust in His sovereignty, and live in the desert. Instead of bemoaning the dryness and desolation, each would find a defining moment with the Lord. Each would grow in their faith and relationship with the Father and each would be refined and go on to greater things.
David would become King, face more deserts, but be called a man after God’s own heart – 1 Samuel 13:14
Elijah would be swept away into heaven right before Elisha’s very eyes – 2 Kings 2:11
Paul would tell the Corinthian church the greatest truth of all; God’s grace is sufficient, even in the desert – 2 Corinthians 12:9