Dry Seasons

Dry Seasons

Psalm 63:1 (ESV) O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

It is human nature to question our faith and the logic of it. Faith is not logical in the natural and only becomes wise when coupled with godly knowledge and understanding. It is in our relationship with the Word, who is Jesus Christ, that faith isn’t such a crazy notion anymore. As the unfailing love of a good God whose grace is more than enough to overcome the trials and troubles of this life so as our soul prospers then our life will as well.

I have found myself in a dry season. Sowing and reaping. Beating the hard ground that only seems to yield dust. God sent me to this place. He told me to come here. The Lord gave me a glimpse of the potential secretly hidden beneath the surface. As one year turns to two, I am beginning to retrace my steps. It’s hard not to let the dryness of a season saturate your soul. To protect your heart and mind from discouragement in the midst of delay. God, you are my God! It doesn’t mean that your relationship with the Lord is failing. In fact, it is in the seasons of drought that He hears our desperate cries. “Earnestly, I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you…”

Are you dry today? Thirsty? Working a land that refuses to give up its harvest? Stuck in a season that resembles a cycle refusing to move to the next? Are you in a place where it is “as in a dry and weary land where there is no water”? I feel you…I really do. I am right there with you. Today I asked the Lord a one-word question, “Where?” Where am I supposed to be? Is it here? Did I make a wrong turn? Misinterpret your direction? Did my humanness cause me to stumble into the wrong field? Where Lord? Where would you have me to be today?

Matthew 5:6 (ESV) “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied. When our want for water becomes a desire that turns into a necessity it will be met with urgency. No longer a whim it will become the driving force in our life. Our body reacts to a lack of water with a condition called dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include increased thirst, dry mouth, exhaustion, headache, dry skin and dizziness. As it progresses, it will also produce a rapid heart rate, fever, and low blood pressure. Dehydration demands a response or bodily functions will eventually shutdown and the person succumb to lack of water.

Thirst, in a spiritual sense, causes desperation. Desperation is defined by urgency, despair, and a sense of hopelessness. It causes doubt to rise up from the deepest recesses of the heart and challenge God at His Word in its discomfort or discontentment. It demands immediate action. It warrants relief of some sort. Are you desperate today? Where do you turn to? Those who desire right standing or a continued relationship with Jesus Christ will turn to the Lord. What if this dry season is not so much about a lack of harvest but the Father longing for more of our heart? Just a thought…

John 7:38 (ESV) “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Fear and doubt are overcome by faith. Confident hope that becomes anchored in the Love and Grace of God given to us in Jesus Christ so that darkness and drought cannot change our commitment. Inside my heart is living water. Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life. He lives in me. Greater is that is in me than He that is in the world. What if I am the “living water” for this dry land? It is human nature to ask the question, “What’s in it for me?” But what if we are asking the wrong question… What if the real question to be answered today is “God wants in me for them”? What if you were not brought to this field for you but for them? God’s Word cannot and will not EVER return to Him void. It must do exactly what it set out to do.

Psalm 107:35-38 (ESV) He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish.

God turns fields into deserts. He also turns wastelands into waterfalls. God knows the potential of the field that He placed you in and He sees the seeds hidden beneath the ground. He prepared you in other seasons to come here. He tried you so that you will have patience. He tested you so you would endure. He gave you everything you need and every spiritual blessing to survive until you thrive. What if it is all in the waiting? What if all you have to do is work the land, be patient and endure? What if that really is all there is to it? Will you walk away? The harvest will come whether we choose to wait on it or not. God will not force you to stay where He sent you or remain where He called you. The Living Water in you is dependent on your willingness to work the land regardless of your feelings and despite how things look fully trusting Him.

Psalm 65:9-11 (NLT) You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile.
The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so. You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.

From God’s Perspective, His Plan is working. We must align our heart, mind, and thoughts with His Word. It is only then that our faith becomes logical and waiting fruitful. A dry season must not be misinterpreted that the ground is barren, the drought ongoing or the dream of harvest dead. It is just a season in God’s Cycle of life that is working beyond the place where eyes can see, hands can touch and our mind can comprehend. If God called you to this place, the blessing associated with it will come because God is faithful. God is good. He is in complete and absolute control.

The dry season is waiting on one thing – rain. God’s Rain. Living Water. When it comes, it will cause the ground to yield its harvest. It will cause our heart to do the same. In Matthew 5:45, it says that the Lord causes the rain to fall on the just and unjust. Rain is inevitable. Seasons will change. The satisfaction in each season is the promise of harvest and blessing. God didn’t put you where you are just for you. He placed you there as a Light in the darkness. You have a purpose in this season that will produce something in you, around you and for others. The potential crown for this year is a bountiful harvest. His Word promises that “even the hard pathways (will) overflow with abundance.”

Psalm 63:3-8 (ESV) Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Why? Why wait for the dry season to end? “Because (God’s) steadfast love is better than life.” It will be worth it. The desperation, frustration, and weariness caused by your willingness to keep beating the dry ground, soaking it with tears, saturating it with sweat, and washing it with His Word. There is potential in each place that the Lord places His People. It doesn’t always look like it or seem to be suitable but that’s the beauty of faith – we walk by faith not by sight. So the way things look today do not dictate the outcome of tomorrow in the life of the believer. We live subject to change. The change is called transformation. It begins inside of us and works its way out. As our soul prospers so will we.

Are you dry? Thirsty? Desperate? Tap into the Living Water inside of you. It is the Source that never runs dry. Speak life to those dry bones. The Lord’s Plan is fully operational and destined to be delivered. You just have to stick it out. Let His Word wash over you today. It will refresh, restore and renew you in your waiting. Let the Holy Spirit produce the good fruit that will nourish your soul. You are never alone. God is with you. Jesus lives in you. You have all you need for a rich and satisfying life. It’s coming. Don’t miss it!

Isaiah 44:2-4 (ESV) Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams.

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The Outcasts

The Outcasts

Psalm 63:1-3 (NLT) O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life I tself; how I praise you!

My soul thirsts for you. Are you thirsty today? Not naturally or physically, but spiritually thirsty for more of God. The common answer of every Christian would be “yes” or “amen”. However, is our thirst enough to be defined as desperation? When a need is prolonged, it moves from desire to desperation. I need God every day. I want Him. I desire Him. The longer it takes to finally reach the depth of my desire, the more desperate I become.

My whole body longs for in you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. If my soul is thirsty for the Lord, it will soon begin to impact the rest of body and spirit in an attempt to attain the fulfillment it desires. If my thirst is not sufficiently satisfied naturally, my body will begin to manifest many physical symptoms. Dehydration impacts us mentally and physically as the body goes into overload due to its overwhelming need for water. For example, mild dehydration produces symptoms such as dry mouth, sleepiness, thirst, decreased output, dry skin, headache, and dizziness. These warning signs are an indication that there is a physical need that is becoming urgent. When not addressed, mild dehydration turns into severe dehydration which becomes a medical emergency. Severe dehydration is marked by the same symptoms which now become extreme. Additionally, it is associated with low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, as well as, rapid breathing. There are no tears when crying. In the most severe cases, delirium or unconsciousness may develop. If these symptoms are ignored, the person will die.

The earth’s surface is covered by roughly 71% water. Water even exists in the air as water vapor. Yet there are still those who die of dehydration every day. Equally, there are many who will succumb to desperation today rather than tapping into the Life Source of Jesus Christ. They hunger and thirst. Their need turns to desperation. Doubt and disbelief coupled with ignorance and pride keep them from immersing their entire being into Living Water. “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart!’” Are you dry today? Are you thirsty? Is your soul dehydrated? Are you desperate for the Lord today? I am.

Matthew 5:6 (NKJV) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

There are many dedicated Christians. People who attend church regularly. Reading God’s Word and applying it to their life, they live in a comfortable relationship with the Lord. They are committed to basic obedience that yields more blessing than they ever thought possible. However, in their routine structure of life Jesus bears a certain role rather than becoming the Source of Life. When trouble comes or chaos hits, it is met with a natural reaction rather than confident hope. I don’t want to be a dedicated Christian.

It is my life goal to be a desperate disciple. I do not want to stop until I discover the width, length, height and depth of the Love of Jesus Christ for me. I want to know what He means in His Offer to do exceedingly abundantly more than I can ask or think according to His Power at work in me. The Love of Christ that surpasses earthly knowledge so I may be filled with the fullness of God. I am desperately seeking the kind of relationship with Jesus that brings His Kingdom to the earth along with every sign, miracle and wonder that the Realm called Hope promises to produce. I want to experience the impossible made possible at His Word. I want to be the one who goes against the flow of religion and tradition who, just like Peter, jumps out of the boat by faith as many times as it takes to make it to Jesus Christ. I am hungry and thirsty for righteousness or right standing with My God. He promises me that I will be filled. I will find satisfaction.

2 Kings 7:3-4 (NLT) Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.”

The King of Israel had made pact with the Arameans. The King of Aram was at war with Israel. He would plan an attack with his officers which the Lord would convey to Elisha who then would warn the King of Israel. Time and time again saving Israel which infuriated the king of Aram. So the Aramean king plotted to capture Elisha. Elisha’s servant was afraid so the prophet asked the Lord to open his spiritual eyes. When God did the servant saw the hillside filled with horses and chariots of fire. When the enemy troops approached, they were struck blind and led right into Israel’s hands. The king of Israel wanted to kill them but the Lord had other plans. Instead, a great feast was prepared for them and they were sent home again.

When King Ben-Hadad of Aram mustered up some courage, he sent his army into Samaria to besiege Israel. This time his invasion brought a great famine to the land. New devil, new level. The king of Israel encountered a woman who had made a pact with another woman to eat their children. She had gone through with it and the other woman reneged on the pact. He was overwrought by this news. Tearing his clothes, he wanted to kill Elisha as he blamed him for this disaster. (II Kings 6) When the messenger arrived at the home where the prophet was staying, the Lord had already let his man know that they were after his head. He sent him back with a message that then next day the famine would end. The officer of the king persisted and Elisha assured him that he would not partake. This brings us to four lepers sitting just outside the gate.

The four lepers were in a desperate situation. They were hungry, thirsty and literally starving. In their desperation rather than trying to seek help from their people who obviously could not help themselves, they decided to surrender. For if the enemy let them live, it would be better than this. If they were killed, what did it matter for they were dying anyway? When they arrived, they found the camp was deserted. The soldiers were gone yet all their belongings remained. The Lord had come and scared away the enemy but left the blessing for His People just as Elijah told the messenger. The four lepers went back to tell the gatekeepers the news who shouted it to the people. The king still not convinced sent out scouts who confirmed the news. In their hunger and haste, the officer of the king who doubted was trampled at the gate by the people rushing out for provision. Everything happened exactly as Elisha told them it would.

Our response to desperation reveals the contents of our heart. What we do in desperation determines our destiny. The king became desperate and turned on God. His inability to believe the God of the Impossible caused great despair so he turned his heart and hand against the Lord. The four lepers were desperate before the famine. Their condition created a great need anyway complied with famine left them nothing. Their situation was impossible. Yet rather than rising up against God – they chose to surrender. They went to the enemy’s camp and took back what the enemy had taken from them. What is your response to the desperation of your soul, mind and body today? Will you blame the Lord? Will you surrender and take back what the enemy has taken from you? I am desperate to take back so many things that the enemy has stolen from my life. I am desperate for the victory and fulfillment of God. Am I desperate enough to surrender my entire life to faith in the Living God? Will I hunger and thirst for right-standing with Him day by day, moment by moment, crisis to crisis?

Judges 15:18-19 (NLT)  Samson was now very thirsty, and he cried out to the Lord, “You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagans?” So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank. Then he named that place “The Spring of the One Who Cried Out,” and it is still in Lehi to this day.

Believers and followers of Christ are promised a life of transformation from glory to glory. The Lord works in us constantly turning our heart back to Him. With each new revelation accepted by faith and confident hope, there will be victories. Will we rest on our laurels? Samson had just killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey filled when the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. After the battle, he was very thirsty. With great victory comes added desperation as the Lord fills us again because we live victory to victory. It is hard to imagine a single person killing 1,000 attackers yet it happened. When Samson cried out to the Lord, God immediately responded with water and he was revived.

It is human nature to control certain things. To believe natural outcomes are physical results and forget that our spirit man (or woman) needs nourishment. Even living as an overcomer, it is easy to lose sight of where our source of strength began all in fighting the good fight of faith. We do not seek replenishment from the Lord but allow our soul to run dry, become dehydrated creating desperation. God will meet your need today. Just because you are weak doesn’t mean you have failed or lost a battle, it simply means you need more of Him. God doesn’t make bad things happen. He uses the attack of the enemy to renew us, restore us and revive us because it increases our dependency on Jesus so we surrender more of ourselves to Him.

Psalm 145:13-16 (NLT) For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

In Genesis 17:7, God confirms His Covenant as an everlasting one. “This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God…” Everlasting is without end. His Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom which means it is the supreme authority and most powerful of all because it will never end. It will outlast every other authority and power ever known. We are members of that kingdom. We have all the same power in us that overcame death and the grave. Greater is He who lives, breathes and exists in us.

Why the desperation? Why the great need? Why do we have unfulfilled desires? We have not brought His Kingdom to earth…yet. I hear the cry for revival and join in the song. It will not come until men and women of God become desperate for the Lord again. Not just a good life with good things, but with a God Life where the impossible is always possible. The kind of faith that accepts nothing less than the full satisfaction of God. Those who will tarry until His Spirit comes. Pray until each request completely answered. It will take full surrender of our current condition, abandonment of comfort zones and for committed Christians to become desperate disciples of the Living God.

Some translations refer to the four lepers as outcasts. There were only four of them. This is not a popular lifestyle because it means giving up this life to save our soul. These men bravely were willing to face death to take back what the enemy had stolen from them. What has the enemy taken from you today? Does he have your joy? Has he hidden your hope? Did the enemy rob you of heath? Captured your thoughts? Is he messing with your kids? Has he helped himself to your stuff? It’s time to take it back. Take it all back.  I want to be an outcast of this world and a citizen of God’s Everlasting Kingdom. The Lord always keeps His Promises. He has promised to satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. Lord, let that be me. Is that you? It is definitely me. Lord, I am desperate for you today!

Reluctant for Rain – A Devotion

Psalm 143:3-6 (NLT)

My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave. I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.

 

In the scorching days of summer, the earth wilts and dries waiting on the rain. Each day with temperatures of near one hundred degrees, we need the rain. It is evident in every blade of grass as haze sits just above the surface of the earth illuminating the dust of the dry soil beneath the withering lawns. We need rain. However, in the midst of such great need there is an apprehension. Rain is messy. It saturates the ground and dissolves the careful composition of man. It is inconvenient with errands to run, places to go and people to see. It can be frightening in the midst of the storm with thunder, lightning and sometimes hail. Rain is not predictable. Meteorologists can give their best educated guess regarding the seasonal downpours but it is not an exact science. It is a God thing. Even when we need rain the most, we often sigh in disdain at its arrival. Kids stuck in the house, chores left undone and schedules interrupted. What happened to the days when people “thirsted” for the rain? Rain brings renewal and refreshment. It is a source of restoration and replenishment. It is a provision of God no matter how overlooked and underrated. Human beings cannot make it rain. We can only pray for its arrival. The care of the earth was given to people but God retained control of its seasons. As many parts of the world lie dry and barren today, we must ask where the rain is. Today, Africa is facing the worst drought in sixty years with an estimated ten million people being affected. Many of these individuals rely on the rain. Has God closed the heavens or have we become reluctant for rain?

 

Leviticus 26:3-5 (NLT)

“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you the seasonal rains. The land will then yield its crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit. Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land.”

 

With the great flood, rain appeared on the earth. In the beginning of creation, waters and springs rose from within the earth, however; after the fall of man and God’s decimation of the world with floodwaters a new promise was established with Noah that God would not flood the earth again. From that time on, rain fell on the earth. Man was dependent on this downpour from heaven. God promised seasonal rains for those who “follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands.” Seasonal rains are not sporadic but faithful occurrences. God promises humanity that they can depend on the rain to water their crops and provide the sustenance needed for survival. God will also water the human soul. With the presentation of sin into the ecosystem that God created, the earth and man could no longer exist on the abundance of God through their relationship but had to be given all that they needed as sin had cut off this partnership. God had to send the rain for His Wayward Children. And as in everything God does for us, He promised abundance in exchange for our obedience. With innovation and advancement, people have forgotten the significance of rain especially when not solely dependent upon it. We have also stopped depending on God. Dry, empty and broken lives that have been parched by the sin of this world, we need the rain. However, we have abandoned God’s decrees and forgotten His Commands and there is a drought in the land. It is not only in our homes but our churches. Without God’s Provision, we will all experience the dryness that comes without rain. We need rain today. We must depend on God’s Presence raining in our life. We will not survive the drought and maintain our proximity with God thinking that we can take care of ourselves and there is no need to mess up our schedule or carefully ordered life to allow for an outpouring from the Lord. We need to get soaked in the rain of God today. We need God to touch our homes, marriages, children and families. We need Him to saturate our mind, will and emotions until Jesus penetrates our soul. We must become dependent on His Rain again. Welcoming His Downpour into our life, we must be waiting, expecting and calling Him to change us once again from the inside out with rain that feed an inner wellspring that will carry us through each season. Do you need the rain today or are you reluctant?

 

Revelation 7:15-17 (NLT)

“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter. They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the thronewill be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

 

God is ready to pour the blessing of His Spirit into your life. He longs to rain on the faithful today. However, you cannot hide in the shelter of the comfortable life built on this earth. Instead, you must step into His Presence. At the throne of God, there is no such thing as hunger or thirst. Depression, desolation, loneness and despair are not welcome. God has allowed us entrance into such a life before Heaven through His Son, Jesus Christ. We are welcome in the Throne Room of God every moment of the day. God will send rain for those who are ready. Readiness is not preparatory. You don’t have to get ready for God. You just have to be ready and available for His Outpour. God prefers empty, broken vessels. Is that you today? The rain of God’s Presence will not drown you. It will restore you. It will renew you. It will replenish you. It rejuvenates you. There is blessing and prosperity for your heart and soul in the Presence of God. Cry out for His Rain today. Do not be scared of the thunder but embrace it as the entrance of your Lord. Step into the Living Water of His Word. Let it overtake you. His Love will comfort you and His Light will warm you all because you welcomed the rain.

Utter Desperation – A Devotion

Psalm 142:1-5 (NLT)

I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy. I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me. Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.

Utter desperation is a different place for every person. It is the end of hope and beginning of consuming perplexity. The moment of decision with few choices at hand usually yielding only one way or the other with neither seemingly the way, desperation is a place where no one longs to go but everyone at some point will make their way to. It is the end of self. No longer able to hind behind a disguise of self-sufficiency, there is nothing left to pour before the Lord but reality and raw conviction. A vivid moment of arrival personally was in the tiny bedroom of a small house of a friend who allowed my children and I to share her home while transitioning through the devastating circumstances of divorce. As I lay a double bed surrounded by three precious little children, my mind raced. Gone was the great house in the perfect neighborhood with a quaint fence and yard filled with toys. Even the dog was now missing from the perfect picture painted to hide the broken down people pretending to live in harmony out of view of the world. Now my children did not even have their own bed but rather sharing a borrowed one with me. My friend’s house was silent almost too quiet to be burgeoning with two families. The rural setting around the house usually a serenade of crickets and critters was noiseless without a single chirp to be heard. The thundering silence caught my attention and for a moment even the sweet snores could no longer be heard, it was as if all the air had left the room. How did I get here? What had I done? Where do we go? God, are you there? For the first time in a very long time, I ventured to call upon the Name of the Lord. This is not how my life was supposed to turn out. This is certainly not the family situation I had envisioned for my babies, but here we were. As I whispered the Name of God, I couldn’t help but think that I wouldn’t blame Him if He never spoke to me again. Falling so far from His Presence, ignoring His Call and walking away hardly seemed like reason for the Lord to heed my weak and broken summons. My request was simple yet I stumbled all the way. Overwhelmed by the feeling of having destroyed the lives of those most precious to me, I asked God for an answer. If I He wanted me to go back into the situation I had left, and return to the marriage I was in then He needed to tell me right now and I would go. If not, I would continue but He had to come with me.  In the silence of utter desperation, I waited for God to answer me. He did. I could not move forward or backward without His Hand on my life. I was broken, weak and helpless. I felt responsible. I was devastated. I could not live another moment without God’s intervention. The silence continued until I had my answer. However, my utter desperation would continue for a few more years. Why? Wasn’t calling on the Name of Jesus enough? Yes, it was enough to save me. However, until I became desperate for Him – my circumstances would not change. I needed the Lord and I needed ALL of Him.

 

Psalm 28:1-2 (NLT)

I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

 

God is waiting for you to be quiet so that He can speak. Desperation has a way making people quiet. It is the end of all attempts and tries of self-sufficiency. There is nothing left to give. Desperate people do desperate things so what is desperation? Desperation is an urgent need or desire. It is to become very serious with little or no hope. Desperation is extreme need. It is one step before giving up completely. This is the point when you have to hear from God because your outlook is grave. Only God can satisfy your soul now. The answer must come from the only One who can change your situation or help you survive in it. You have to hear from Him. Your trust in this world and others is gone. It has to be God. Nothing less will do. This is desperation. The Body of Christ lacks desperation because it is messy. It is not self-serving but self-voiding. Are you there yet? It has been over 15 years since that night in the silence of utter desperation. The children have all grown up. They are healthy, beautiful individuals who all three love the Lord. I am very proud of the young adults they have become. The Lord has certainly intervened on my behalf but without desperation, I would not have the hope I have today in Jesus Christ. Desperation was the escort to a deeper relationship with the Living God. Are you feeling desperate today?

 

Psalm 53:2 (AMP)

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood, who sought (inquired after and desperately required) God.

 

The Lord searches for the desperate. God is looking for you. He has heard your cries. The Lord has felt the tears on your pillow. God is working on your behalf. Desperation is a requirement of intimacy with God because it is a unique relationship. A person cannot see God or touch Him yet we are required to trust Him. The physical man chooses to try those tangible things which are evident natural solutions in life. It takes many disappointments to break the prideful impression that we can do anything ourselves outside of the Lord. For some, it will require complete brokenness to find Jesus. The Lord is looking for His People who will “inquire after and desperately require” God. Are you that person? You are not alone. The Lord is simply waiting to be invited as the source of your hope and fulfillment of your longing. He wants to satisfy you. Will you allow God to speak to you today? Let Him put in His Two Cents on the situation and watch your circumstances improve. To be utterly desperate is a place when the only logical solution is to cry out to God – to utter His Name and wait for hope to be fulfilled. Utter desperation provokes communication with God the Father, Son and Spirit. It creates a longing for the Savior. God is the solution to utter desperation. Will you call on Him today?