Dry Places

2 Peter 3:9a   The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, …

Moses spent 40 years on the backside of the desert–a dry place–waiting to hear from God. Took God that long to get Moses ready for the work he was called to do.

The nation Israel spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness–a dry place–waiting to get to the promised land. Took God that long to get them ready to conquer the inhabitants.

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness–a dry place–waiting to hear from God. The only voice He heard was that of Satan.

Although we know that the Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, it does seem that He tends to take forever when we are the ones doing the waiting. Once I’ve gone more than a few days without hearing from the Lord or sensing His presence, I would usually begin to question even my salvation.

I am once again in a dry place–and I sense that there are many others also in the same experience.

The dry places will do one of two things for us:

1. We will either dry up and blow away, or

2 We will send our roots down deeper looking for water.

As for me, I no longer question the mind of the Lord. I will send my roots down deeper and wait for Him.

How about you?

NOTE: after posting this today, I came across another post with a video that relates to our struggle. Check out the video by Tenth Avenue North on this blog.