Desert dwelling is not necessarily a place of lack. Desert dwelling is any area of your life that you have settled for less than God’s best. Desert dwelling can be when God calls you to move forward but fear and insecurities causes you to stand still.
I feel as if I’m in a desert this morning. Not because of lack but because my heart is holding on to the past and God is calling me to move forward. I see the beautiful land but the giants are intimidating me. I see the huge fruit in the land, but I’m comfortable where I am.
Like He was towards the children of Israel, God is very gracious and patient towards me. He is not yelling at me, He is not giving up on me, but He continues to gently remind me of what He has in store for me. He continues to remind me of the good things He had planned for me since I was in my mother’s womb.
He is bringing me out to bring me in.
When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. (Deuteronomy 6:10-12, 23 NIV)