Thursday, September 22, 2011

Even in the Desert Places

"...during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness" (Luke 3:2).

It was in the wilderness that John received the revealed word from the mouth of God.  It was in the desolate place, the desert season.  It was in a period of aloneness and aparent isolation that he heard this revelation from God.

We should never discount, detour from, or be discouraged by the wilderness times in our lives.  It is there that we are brought to the end of ourselves.  It is there that we have a greater opportunity for dependence, openness, and revelation.  It is there that we are prepared to receive all that God wants to show and do in our lives.

No, it doesn't make the desert seasons and the wilderness periods more enjoyable, but it reminds us of two great things.  One, the desert doesn't disqualify us from being able to hear from God or to be used of God.  And two, sometimes it takes the desert for us to be able to be alone enough to hear what He wants to speak!  So, how do you approach and appreciate  the wilderness moments that are inevitable in life?  Thank God for them!  Open your eyes and heart to the opportunity to root deep in the waters of His presence.  God hasn't called you to live in loneliness, but to "aloneness" with Him, embraced by the peace, the power, and the preparation of His presence!  Only there can you get past the distractions of a busy life, a busy mind, and a busy past, and truly hear the voice of the Lord for the answers and directions that you are desperate to receive.

Don't underestimate the grace of God in the desert!  Just listen...He's speaking!

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