Today is the first day of Lent. It’s a Wednesday, the day we have worship here in the morning. Travis read a devotional that talked about Christ and His time in the desert. I don’t remember if he read this or if it’s something that occurred to me, but either way it struck me that Christ went through the desert before He fulfilled God’s purpose for His life. God was preparing Him.
There are several people who went through their “desert” times, sometimes literally – Moses and Joshua immediately come to mind. And, on a side not, there is something about the number 40, but I don’t know what it is. Moses spent 40 years as a pampered prince, the next 40 years in a literal desert before God called him. Joshua spent 40 years wandering the desert with the children of Israel before leading them into the Promised Land.
The point is that they all went through this harsh time before beginning the ministry of God, and God was with them the entire time, though there were times when He was quiet.
This is my desert time. God has a purpose for me, but right now is the time for preparation.