What keeps us in the desert? What are we missing? We're underfed...underthriving.
- uncultivated wilderness--lack of productivity; barren; no fruit; no growth
- waterless place--dry; nothing flowing; land of no resource
- solitary place--loneliness; no distractions; rest; quiet; boring
Does God always bring you out of the desert?
- carelessly wander (sometimes intentional due to rebellion or disobedience...needs repentance)
- led by the enemy (Spiritual Warfare)
- led by God (time of refinement)
- Heat--we are tempted, tested, and tried
- Dehydration--we are not Spiritual camels; it doesn't take much to become dehydrated; dehydration effects your mind too
- falls, sprains, breaks due to rough terrain--making bad decisions or choices
Be hypervigilent...there's no safe place to step, just less dangerous places.
- Hope is renewed. Isaiah 35:1-4
- Newness. Isaiah 43:18-19 -- God is making us holy; drawing us closer to Him.
- Thirsty for the Lord. Psalm 42:1-4
- Resets us. Psalm 42:5-8 -- Things you don't need are lost. Things you do need are saved.
- Reminds us. Psalm 107:1-9
We only recognize these as blessings after we've been in the desert.
Deserts remind us of our want and need for God.
The story of the Bible begins in a garden, runs through the desert, and ends with a new heaven and a new earth -- the opposite of the desert.
One other thing Kim said that really resonated with me is that we are always asking God for something or waiting on Him. When we are in the desert, we ask for rain and water. When the floods come, we ask when the rain is going to stop... we are such whiners! I want to embrace the seasons of my life no matter what they look like. Hope you will too.