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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 25, 2011 - Desert Life

By Kristen Feola

“In the desert they gave in to their craving” (Psalm 106:14, NIV).

The word “desert” makes me think of a sweaty, sunburned man with tattered pants, his shirt wrapped around his head like a turban. After traveling for days, he’s overheated and extremely parched. Finally, he sees a pool of water. With a sudden burst of energy, he races to quench his thirst, only to discover that what’s before him is only a mirage. 

The Israelites were certainly familiar with the desert. After all, they spent 40 years wandering in one. Psalm 106 gives us insight into why God’s chosen people ended up in the wilderness instead of feasting on the abundance of the Promised Land.

They gave no thought to God’s miracles and forgot His many kindnesses. They didn’t wait for the Lord’s counsel but took matters into their own hands. They failed to believe God’s promises and disregarded His commands. They worshipped idols. Basically, the Israelites did whatever they wanted to do, and as a result, they wasted away in their sin. Yet, time and time again, the Lord rescued them, despite their rebellion (Psalm 106:7,13,24,36,43).

The fact of the matter is, the Israelites were in the desert long before they were actually physically there. They were calloused toward the Lord, and verse 14 tells us the consequences of the harsh condition of their hearts: “In the desert they gave in to their craving.”

Desert life doesn’t just happen overnight. The climate of your heart doesn’t undergo a major change in one day. Rather, the transformation is subtle, occurring slowly over time. One or two days without reading your Bible soon become one or two months. A morning without prayer turns into several weeks. A Sunday morning at home becomes a habit.

Dryness equals disobedience. If we aren’t constantly drawing from the source of Living Water, we become thirsty and weak. We’re deceived and unable to see things clearly. When temptations come, we don’t flee from them but, instead, dive headfirst into sin.

The only way to keep from living an arid existence is to drink deeply of the Lord every day. Read His Word, talk to Him in prayer, and draw from the only Well that will hydrate your spirit. Be as thirsty for the Lord as a desert thirsty for rain. Stay out of your spiritual desert by staying close to your Savior.

— Kristen Feola is the author of The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. She attends James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo.

 

 

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