Entering Our Deserts

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March 13, 2011 by bobet888

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

Matthew 4:1  

March 13, 2011 Bible Reading and Gospel

Jon Escoto ( faithatworkjon@gmail.com )

God leading people to victory, prosperity, abundance, protection and provision — that was the Bible I knew, bedtime story days. But God leading people to the desert? This must be from a wrong page inserted in this good book.

But many great leaders of God — Moses, Elijah, Paul, and yes, Jesus, the Son of God — had plenty of it.

Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed unreasonable? Something that took you into the territory of the unknown? What if He asked you to refuse a long-awaited promotion or resist a longed-for relationship? What if He called you to a remote part of the world or asked you to release your children to serve Him in a faraway place? The unknown is full of haunting “ what ifs.”

Yet God often calls us to chart unknown territory as we follow Him. Obeying His commands to forgive, to give away our treasures or to give up things that provide security and pleasure often leave us in the scary territory of unknown outcomes.

Friend, welcome to the desert . Yet the desert gives us two things we won’t get elsewhere: the silence to listen, and the courage to respond.

Father, grant us faith that when we cling to You, the One who knows all things, we’re in good hands — even on “desert days.”


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