21 Day Challenge – Day 16 – In the Desert

Today’s post comes from John Cole, minister of Project 919 at C3 Church.

As we near the end of our 21 Day Challenge we are reading Psalms 106-109 today

Today’s Key Scripture: Psalm 107:35-38 (NIV)
He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.

In the fall 2008, I had an opportunity to go to Israel and Jordan for an International Business class that I was taking at Liberty University. We toured some of the most beautiful places and immersed ourselves in some of the richest of cultures. Amongst some of our stops were Petra – “The Lost City” (as seen in Indiana Jones) and the Wadi Rum mountains. To see the beautiful colors of sandstone and granite brushed along a 5,741ft canvas was truly breathtaking. As beautiful as it may have been, we were still in the desert. I remember that night at the hotel getting a terrible nose bleed from the dryness of the climate. It was hot, dry and dirt was everywhere.

Right now, you may feel like you’re in the middle of a desert or headed into a dry season. You wake up with hopeless dreams or a dying purpose. But God’s word says that He will make rivers flow on barren heights, He will bring springs within the valleys, He will turn the desert into pools of water and the dry land will become fountains of water. Where there is water, there is life, there is growth and there is promise. Sometimes God may call you to a desert, leaving you hungry, thirsty and longing for something more. Don’t despise the desert, your faith is being tested. You only need to stand firm and prepare. For when the water comes, you will be able to sow, plant and harvest. Not only will you be sustained, but you will receive an increase. Then God will be glorified and you will stand tested and strengthened in your faith. Sure, it may cause a few nosebleeds, but God will use the deserts of your life for His glory!

Prayer Focus: What is your desert? Odds are, you probably already know. Is it the authenticity of your relationships? Do you need vision for your family? Are you longing for purpose at your job? Do you feel spiritually dead? Whatever it may be, God’s word stands true. Begin to pray that God would move in your life. Share the parched areas of your life with an accountability partner who will speak life over you.  Watch God move miraculously in your life. New springs will be discovered, streams will flow abundantly and with pools of water you will be refreshed.