Are You Living In a Desert?

Are you living in a dessert?

Instead of your life being full of possibilities and hope, are you suffering through a dry, barren, lifeless season in your life? Are you struggling to survive? Are you facing an obstacle that you can’t seem to overcome?

What’s your struggle today? What’s your wilderness?

Is your relationship on shaky ground?

Are you in a financial battle, with no way out?

Have you lost a loved one? Are you dealing with a health crisis?

Here are three truths about surviving a dry and thirsty land.

God Knows Your Worth.

Do You?

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:14 (ESV)

The Creator of the universe sees you. He knows you, no matter who you are. No matter what you look like or how old you are, you matter. Whether you live in your car or in a house the size of a football field or somewhere in between, the Maker of all says you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Does that cause a reaction for you? I can’t know what you’re thinking, but it certainly does something for me! Plus, the Bible says that God counts the very hairs on our head. Doesn’t that show how much attention He gives us? To notice such a small thing?

No matter what you’ve done or what you’re going through, God cares. He cares about you. Because you’re fearfully and wonderfully made, you can stand firm knowing that you are loved, no matter what challenge you’re facing, and no matter how hopeless it may be.

Not Everyone Has Your Back

Life can throw crap at you that you just wish you could return online. But it doesn’t work like that. Life is crazy and chaotic, and sometimes it can feel like the Wild Wild West – what’s going to happen next?

One thing is true: not everyone wants good things for you.

Been cheated on? Lied to? Left? Ghosted? Stolen from? The Bible has something to say about all that mess:

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8 (KJV)

While only God can know all the motives in a person’s heart – and we can’t always see it coming when someone is going to do us wrong – we can be wise and alert regarding those with a reputation for deception. You can’t always know, but when you can, pay attention to those who may be set on deceiving you.

God Can Chart Your Course

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NKJV)

Don’t be surprised if you feel alone going through your difficult times. You may feel alone or even abandoned. In the final days of Jesus Christ’s life, many of his closest friends abandoned Him, and He did nothing wrong.

Regardless of how dry and how desperate your season of suffering is, it will not last forever. You can always rely on the unconditional love of the Lord. Seasons of grief and sorrow hurt, and they change us, but they do not last forever. God can help you chart your course.

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 (NIV)

Published by erinshelby

Freelance writer, book reviewer, social media partner for ReadAloud.org

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