Times of adversity can feel like a desert: intense heat during the day, followed by freezing nights. It takes courage and endurance to walk across a desert.
There are no maps and no obvious paths to follow. We can feel lost, lonely and very scared. We don’t know whether we will be able to make it to the other side and to better and happier times.
But we all have to confront the deserts of life, at some time or another.
Moreover, we must survive the sandstorms of poor emotional and physical health. We must stop from walking toward unholy promises and we must find shelter, after being out in the heat of making hard and difficult choices in life.
1. Search for, and understand, God’s love for us
We must search for God’s love for us, which is the cool, forgiving and restful promise of His Grace. It is only then that our journey through the desert will be accomplished. Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past.
Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
The LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He alone is our shield, our protector.
Psalm 33:18, 20 “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
Jeremiah 31:1 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD . So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
We all endure blinding sandstorms of life:
- broken relationships
- bad choices and
- lost opportunity
However, God’s love and grace gives us the strength to overcome and be triumphant.