Desert, the short definition is ‘a barren region of landscape.’ How is our landscape, metaphorically and spiritually speaking? Are we parched, drying up and quite weary from trekking through the rugged terrain? Recently on one of my many rabbit trails, I was taken to Luke chapter 4. Here Jesus is lead by the Spirit out into the desert place. The desert place. He encounters the devil, where he tempts the Divine with some pretty cool stuff (not that they were his to give mind you) Jesus’ response, ‘It is written…” In these 3 responses, Jesus reaches back and quotes Moses from Deuteronomy, (6:13,16 & 8:3). “Man does not live on bread alone… worship the Lord your God and serve Him only … do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Here’s the cool part, this whole ‘God talks – man receives’ – where did it happen as Moses speaks? In the desert place.
Seeing a pattern? Oh, we don’t have to go out running towards the dryest region we can find to hear God, and be strong, but there is a significant desert purpose! The desert offers a lack of distractions. (Use it!) It offers true, genuine desperate need for survival. (Long for it. Long for HIM!) That desert is designed. (Accept it!) It is instruction time, just before time. Remember Moses and the Israelites, Deuteronomy was just before; Moses last words just before he dies and just before Joshua takes them into the Promised Land. Instruction time – just before. (Listen for it!)
Be encouraged folks, there IS a purpose, listen for the words of instruction like Moses, and declare the word like Jesus.
The desert place.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)