One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. Psalms 27:4
How many of us would say that we love God? It’s a fairly simple question and most would say we do. But how many of us would say that we love God when we’re in a dry desert season and He’s not saying a word?
What’s worse than not understanding what God is up to? Oh how I dislike the dry desert seasons! I long for the warm fuzzy sensation of His Presence constantly speaking to me, but that’s not always the case. I’ve heard it once said that a teacher doesn’t speak during a test; that they stand silently at the student’s side, watching as they mull over difficult questions. How many times do we get angry with God because we feel He’s silent? We’ve got questions and He’s nowhere to be found, it seems. We shout out “God answer me!” And yet we hear nothing. But do you know that it’s okay for Him to be silent? His silence can be a good thing. Our faith is being tested and there are no “F’s” allowed. If you fail this test, guess what? God will bring it back around for you! Failure is just not an option. That’s great news, right? [Insert sarcasm here.] He may be silent, but He’s always near. And the questions that you have, He’s probably already answered them. That’s usually how a test works.
Ah tests, glorious tests…a chance to put our money where our mouths are. How many times are we like Peter and say “God I love you,” yet at the first sign of difficulty, we curse Him and say we don’t know Him? Are we just using Him for what He could potentially do for us? Do we love His benefits more than we love Him? We like the sunshine and daisy days but the deserts, yeah, not so much. We start to question His nature when we hit a dry spell. Is He really good? Does He even care that I’m dying here? It’s like we look in a mirror and love what we see, but walk away and forget the image we beheld. That’s how quickly we forget our love for Him when times are tough. It’s in these tough times though, that the purity of our love is revealed.
So what if the only thing He brought to you in your difficult season was just Himself? What if He didn’t come riding in on a white horse to save your day? What if He only came with His love in hand, to sit and talk a while, would that be enough for you? Paul said that he knew how to be content in whatever situation he found Himself in because it was Christ that strengthened him. Do you think he found himself in some desert seasons? Or seasons where he felt he was in prison…literally? Yes, most definitely! And yet he was content. And more than just content, this was the place that the Holy Spirit penned through Paul the words in scripture we live by. He was content with the love of Jesus, not in the big flashy Kingdom perks. He was content, he was faithful and he was fruitful. Christ’s love and presence were enough for him, is it enough for you? How far are you willing to walk through your desert?
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:
God wants to know if you love Him! He desires a people that loves being with Him; that doesn’t use Him for His many benefits. The God all of His splendor and majesty desires to be loved by you…you! You are that important to Him! What does your love look like for Him? Take this time to tell Him exactly how you feel about Him. Play the audio track below to get you started and lavish your love on Him.
Over the next week take a look a these scriptures on contentment and our love for God.
Day 2: Read Deuteronomy 13:3-4
Day 3: Read Philippians 4:11-13