When, in our most difficult times, we long to hear those gentle whispers of the Lord…
He leads. Sometimes, to places we would rather not go.
But He does it. In order that we may be alone with Him.
What Jesus did with the disciples, He does with us…
He took them with Him and went aside privately into a solitary place, into a desert place. (Luke 9:10)
Taken aside privately. As one’s own, to receive near, to have a special relationship with.
Privately into that desert place. That lonely, desolate, wilderness place. In the Old Testament, its root word means to arrange, to speak, converse, promise, warn, sing, teach, etc.
God arranges to meet us at the backside of the desert. The place of conversation, where He talked with Moses out of the bush that burned with fire. Where Jesus conversed with the devil.
The Lord’s loudest whispers are sometimes heard in the most unlikely places. Like the wilderness. The quiet, desert place. The place shared with Christ alone. Where no others intrude.
The voice of the One in the wilderness says, “Come! Come be alone with Me.” He allures, entices, persuades us to come into the wilderness to be with Him. Where He can speak to us without the whistles of the world or the enticements of the enemy.
Where the only sounds to be heard are one’s own heartbeat and that Still Small Voice. That is, if we muzzle our own mouths. And just listen.
And, still, we balk when we must go to this desert place.
Just as God spoke to Israel, He says to us…
“But I will court her again and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak to her tenderly there. There I will give back her vineyards to her and transform her Valley of Troubles into a Door of Hope. She will respond to me there, singing with joy.” (Hos. 2:14-15a TLB)
Sometimes, afflictions lead us to that place. Sometimes, it’s the heartache of divorce or death of a loved one or illness.
Sometimes, it is self-inflicted. Sometimes, it is a place of deciding obedience. Sometimes, a place of no food. No water. Cracked lips. Parched throat. Empty stomach. Weakened muscles. To bring us to the end of ourselves.
But in that desert place, we find living hope, the cord binding us together with the Lord, to give us the thing for which we have long desired.
There is a bush burning in the midst of your situation. God’s presence burns to commune with you. Purposely turn aside from your distress and draw near to the Lord. Tune out the frazzled racket of the world to hear those sweet whispers of heaven.
Hidden in that wilderness are the words of comfort you so long to hear. God will give you springs of living water for which you have long been thirsty. He “will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Is. 43:19 NKJV)
He will encircle you with His love, guard you with His strong arms, teach you, and keep His watchful eye on you, never letting you out of His sight.
That living hope He imparts is greater than your circumstances, greater than your depression, greater than your grief, greater than your debt, greater than your yourself.
The Lord is with you, no matter how dark or how dry your situation becomes.
What a loving God we serve! What a loving Heavenly Husband we have!