The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

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I remember when I was in second grade and our teach told us to stay out of the mud puddles covered by ice on the playground. As a little boy those ice-covered mud puddles seemed to be calling to be stepped on, which I did. True to her word the teacher did not approve of what I did. My actions had consequences and I had to stay in my classroom for several recesses because I disobeyed. 

Moses heard from God he was going to rescue the Hebrews and decided to take things into his own hands by killing an Egyptian. Moses would suffer significant consequences to his life. 13 The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight. 14 The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” 15 And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian. [1] Exodus 2:13-15

Moses would now spend the next 40 years in Midian where the Lord would teach him many things in the desert. The Lord would reshape Moses to be the leader he wanted him to be.

What are some things the Lord can teach us in the desert?

In the desert of life, the Lord cuts away things that are not important. Moses was no longer the prince he once was and that was a humbling experience. It is humbling as the Lord cuts away things. It could be a job, your health, or something significant in your life.

  • In the desert of life God will lead you to depend on Him like you may never have before.
  • In the desert of life, the Lord can bring clarity to what is really important in life.
  • In the desert of life, I can learn how to appreciate little things that I may have taken for granted.
  • In the desert of life, the Lord can teach us patience as He works out His plan in His timing.
  • In the desert of life, we learn to look up to God where our true joy, salvation, and help come from.
  • In the desert of life, the Lord can transform us as He prepares us for the next assignment.  

You may have experienced or are now experiencing a desert time. No matter where you are along your spiritual journey, know that the Lord loves you and cares for you although it may not feel that way.

Jer. 29:11 –For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.[2]

Psalm 86:15 –But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. [3]

To hear more about the story of Moses, listen here:

[1,2,3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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