the desert season

Spiritual seasons are something that every believer of Christ will go through.  There’s the joyful season, the waiting season, the trial season, the busy season, and you can probably think of more. 

I’m currently in the midst of a season which can be very frustrating for a believer.

The desert season.

Unlike the waiting season, where you know God has something in store, the desert season often leaves you crying out to God for answers and you get nothing in return.

A mere three weeks ago, when praying one evening, I believe I heard a whisper from God.  He told me something I believe is to happen in my future, maybe soon or maybe later.  I long for that occurrence, but since then, I haven’t really heard from Him.  

Can you relate? Maybe you’re in the midst of your own desert.  I want to encourage you of two things.  Take the time to realize that you are where you are.  Tell God that you feel like you’re in the desert, and then tell Him that you’re going to press into Him even more because you know where you’re at.  Remember that there is hope, but you have to be proactive in your healing.

Now is the time to check your heart. 

Is there anything holding you back from the complete joy in which God wants to give you.  I know that I have sins and struggles that I’m dealing with in this exact moment that I need to work hard on handing over to God.  I know that God wants to restore your relationship, just like He wants to restore mine. That restoration is brought through the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. 

Jesus is the perfect example of how we are to cope with each season in which we are placed.

He went through every spiritual season just as we did.   Jesus simultaneously goes through a (literal) desert season and a trial season.  For forty days He fasts, and then is tempted three times by satan.  The devil tries to convince Him to eat.  Jesus responds by standing on the fulfilling promises of the word of God.  Next, the devil tries to convince Jesus to test God’s power, to which Jesus responds that He is not to be tested.  Lastly, the devil tries to promise great earthly power, if only He will bow and worship him.  Jesus tells the devil to go away from Him, for He knows that there is only one God worthy of praise.

After forty days in the desert, Jesus would be tired, hungry, and easily tricked.  Yet, He stands true to the promises that God gives to all those who believe in Him.  He is the perfect example to us that when we go through desert seasons, we should remain in relationship with God and keep trusting that He’s going to pull us out of this season.

I just want to remind you, that there is hope, joy, and peace found in God.  Even if you’re in the largest desert of your life, I promise that if you put your faith in God, He’ll lead you back to soul-quenching water.  

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer and my hunger in me
My God is the God who provides

I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Desert Song – hillsong worship

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