3 Lessons We Learn In The Desert

Zechariah Newman —  December 15, 2014 — 5 Comments

In life we are bound to go through dry points that test our resolve and trust in God. In my life there has been times where I didn’t trust God. I questioned whether He was for me and didn’t know if He was even listening. God has been faithful to me even amidst my doubt, fear, and unbelief. Thank the Lord.

Total trust is difficult. We have dreams and ambitions in life and God’s timing is often a mystery. We experience tension between where we are and where we want to be and it feels just like the Israelites wandering in the desert waiting for the promise land. At times I have felt like God is punishing me through the desert. That if I just fix one thing He will then come through for me.

Though we do have consequences for actions, I don’t feel this is the purpose of the desert. I believe God is protecting and preparing us through the desert. If you are in a desert moment in life, I believe He is trying to teach you these 3 things.

1.We learn to move when God says move. God wants you to move when He says to move, not when it is comfortable. God’s training periods simply requires us to do what He tells us to do when He tells us to do it.

The Bible says that God is the comforter, but some of us have gotten that confused and are aiming for a comfortable life. That is not what following God looks like. There is more to life than existence and ease. Life being led by Christ is alive and uncommon. It is bold and courageous. It requires long suffering and it is the bringer of life, not merely a comfort bringer.

Exodus 13:21 “The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.”

2. We learn patience. The Israelites were in the desert for forty years. I have been in desert moments in life, however, never anything that long. God will use these times in our life of waiting to stretch our faith in Him and bring about change and growth in our lives. Though this is uncomfortable and very painful it is necessary. Man I hate to learn this lesson of patience!

If you are struggling to trust God in the desert that’s okay. Faith is exercised and strengthened when fear and doubt are the strongest. Patience, although highly frustrating, honestly is what keeps us engaged in the process over time.

3. We learn to rely on God’s provision. God will give you what you need when you need it. The problem is we often try to control the uncontrollable. The more you try to control something outside of your control, the more control you are giving it. Trust Him and He will mold and shape you into what He wants you to be.

When you learn to trust God and His provision, He will direct your path and He will lead you in ways that don’t make sense to you.

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”

God is not subject to your time table. The Bible says that He is never late. Things will happen in your life when they are supposed to happen. It is not your job nor mine to figure out when, but it is our job to press through until the finish line. Believing and trusting God brings rest and life to areas of desert and disillusionment. I pray that God gives you revelation knowledge this week and that you trust Him and give Him more access into your heart. Be blessed on your journey even through the desert.

What does God teach you in the desert?

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  • “You have kids and you don’t want them any more.” I chuckled when I heard that. The thought has crossed my mind a few times but that’s life isn’t it, the tension that stretches us and pushes us forward and keeps us growing as long as we look to God and ask him for strength, wisdom and discipline.

    • Amen Caleb. I think we all get there some days haha;) so true that tension can be good IF we TRUST. Big if;)

  • Fantastic post and sermon (I watched a little of it). We have to remember God works on our life and character during the dessert/trails of life. Knowing and remembering God is working in and through us during those times can allow us to be optimistic about the future. Great insights here!