Reading today various devotionals while the weather is somewhat dreary. Mist, along with some rain coming in later, and me wanting the spirit to cover me as the mist does the ground. Not running off, eroding the soil and landscape, but soaking deep into the soil or my Soul causing something to flourish. But What?
One devotion started off with Mark 1. Jesus gets baptized by John the Baptist and it says, “And a voice came from Heaven saying “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased. The Spirit immediately drove him out in to the wilderness.” WOW.. A voice From Heaven! How great is that??? Man, you would think this is the all in all here, but God had other things in store. More! Lives were needing to be Touched. So, in God’s plan for all of Mankind he sends Jesus to the Wilderness. Alone. Isolated. Almost Forsaken. No comforting words. No more Voices from Heaven. Only the voice of reasoning. The Voice of Doubt. The Voice of Despair. . The Voice of SATAN. Tempting, setting doubts. Stirring Fears. The Son, with the deceiver. This is the story of Man. This is the Story of Redemption.
It is this time alone that God prepares the Heart and Soul of those whom He uses. “Immediately” not a few years later. You have that wonderful God Moment, heaven opens up and you feel the glory of the Lord all about you. Your Friends and loved ones are close, God is speaking, and then something happens. You don’t know what you did; where you turned left, but your alone. God isn’t speaking like He was. No one is comforting you. It seems the only one speaking to you know is the Devil, tempting, discouraging, and blaming you about everything. It is this time that tries our souls. It is here we must “hold fast to the faith without wavering, for He who promised is Faithful.” It is this time that we are learning to Lean on Jesus. It is only when we are weak that we will ever lean, so our strength must be taken. Our hope in everything is shaken that all that remains is “hope in God”. Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor to our soul, secure and firm.” All other things are shifting sand but upon this Rock He will build. So the sands shift beneath our feet. What was once our sand castle has been removed and all that is left are His Promises. “All things work for good to them that Love God and are Called according to His purpose.” “God is at work both to will and to do for His good Pleasure.” “Do not Fear nor be afraid for I am with you.”
It is when we come out of the Desert that we can proclaim the good news. It is then we have something to share that will speak to the hearts and souls of those in need.