Desert Seasons

Duane Vander Klok

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The Lord will rescue His servants; no one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.
Psalm 34: 17-22

We all go through difficult desert seasons. These seasons can be the loss of a job, the death of a friend or family member, addiction, divorce, or so much more. They can be “big” or “small” events that rock our world and do a little more than rob us of sleep at night.

When Israel came out of Egypt, and were finally free from slavery, they were headed straight for the Promised Land. Right? The problem is that the first thing they encountered isn’t what we would expect. They were moving from slavery to freedom with God’s miraculous guidance, but the first thing they encountered was a desert! They had to go through a desert season and trust in God’s greater plan.

The desert seasons are always meant to prepare us and lead us to God. He is waiting for us to cry out to Him and give our lives to Him, regardless of the situation that we are going through. The desert isn’t meant to destroy us, it’s meant to refine us. It’s meant to show us how to praise God not just in the good times, but also in the times when we cannot see the path forward!

For Israel, they grumbled, complained, and even fashioned an idol to worship. On the other side of the desert season was supposed to be the Promised Land! They were only a couple days away from entering into all that God had promised them; yet when they entered into the desert season they chose the wrong path. With this decision, they entered into another desert season for 40 years.

This week, let’s look at the desert season that we might be in and seek after God through it all. Don’t mask or hide the pain, frustration, and confusion, but acknowledge it and give it to Him through prayer and worship.