The Desert experience

When we believe and receive the Lord as our Savior, Lord, and Life, and we begin on our Christian’s pilgrim’s path in our walk with Him, things may get very difficult, but we should never turn back. Don’t think it was better before you met Christ. Don’t think that the desert experiences are so terrible that it would be better to be how you were before you met Christ. That is a lie from the enemy! It was certainly not better to be under the slavery of Pharaoh! God is able to bring us out of the bondage of sin, the world, and Satan by His victorious leadership into maturity in Christ and into His glorious Kingdom. When God choose to take us through a long, difficult, painful, hot desert detours, there are good reasons under His sovereign design. Before we get into the various divine purposes why He brought us through the desert route, let us quickly make one thing clear. There are all kinds of experiences we could call “a desert.” A “desert” experience could be comprised of physical ailments and weaknesses; or it could be an environmental catastrophe, an occupational setback, persecutions from various sources both internal and external or in the deeper sense, it could even be a period of outward dryness in our spiritual experience that is devoid of any outward emotional excitement. God has things for us to learn from these desert detours. They are designed for our discipline and training.
What is the desert like? It is a place where not many living things could exist. It is a desolate place, a difficult place. Daytime is scorching hot; nighttime is deep-freezing cold. The desert is not a place you want to pass by for a long period of time. But there are precious lessons we can’t learn anywhere else but in a desert. Those who have been in a desert says that being there in a vast desert surrounded with sand dunes after sand dunes with little more than a few cactus here and a little reptiles there is like being in a vast nothingness. It is there that we realize the insignificance of man in the vast creation of God. It is there that we realize the futility and the fragility of life apart from God. It is there that one realizes how much he needs God for direction, supply, and living. Deuteronomy 8:2-3 revealed to us some of the great purposes behind His leading us through the desert path, “… the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, … He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Our desert experiences convey to us our most desperate need: to trust and depend on God. Our desert experiences speak an amplified message to us: that not only can I do nothing apart from Him, but that I am nothing, God is my all. Being thus humbled by the desert experiences, I can place my trust in nothing and no one else but God Himself. And we learn that His Words are precious than my necessary food; therefore, we need to live by every Word that proceeds out from the mouth of God, for it is in His Word that we find God’s wisdom, His timing, His understanding. Most of all, in His Word we find the very supply and the Source of Life that we need for our spiritual existence.

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3 thoughts on “The Desert experience

  1. Our desert experiences are the key way to knowing God and having a lasting Relationships. They help us to Trust Him, To Worship Him and to Follow him

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    • The essence of our journey of salvation is to restore our relationship with our loving and living God. Our responses to his invitation and learning how to enjoy the relationship upens up hidden treasures. Through his word in the bible, Prayers and the help of the Holy Spirit we are able to enjoy the fruits of the relationship

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  2. When all is well in life we often tend to forget our God and rely on our own strength. Challenges are send our way to teach us of our weakness and if we turn to God for help and direction he is eager to take us through the storm.

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