Nehemiah 9:19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.”
The Scene: a desert scene with a pitched tent.
The dry times in our lives can be compared to being in the desert: desert times, those times when Christians wonder where God has gone. They cannot sense His presence in their lives.
Those dry times can seem like bad times or they can be embraced as good times, to hear from from God, listening for His still, small voice speaking to us through His Holy Spirit.
The 40-day experience in the desert by Moses, John the Baptist, Jesus, and the 40 years in the desert by the Israelites are all times when they heard from Father God. The number 40 can represent a time of testing or proving.
We, too, can embrace the dry times in our lives as good times to draw close to God, communicate with Him. Meditate on His Word, and then hear His voice.
Nehemiah 9:21 ” For 40 years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.”
The desert is deceiving; it appears dead, lifeless, but beneath the surface there is life abundantly, especially when water is added. So it is with our lives, the living water of God’s Word can awaken us spiritually. Immanuel is with us!
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