Sometimes I need to walk through the deserts of life without God in order to be reminded of my desperate need for Him. Just like a long hike tests my endurance and reminds me of my need for water, rest and nourishment, life’s tough times remind me of the most basic need of my soul—God.

When the Psalmist was in the desert wilderness, he gave us a great word picture this need: “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. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 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.” (Psalm‬ ‭63:1-8‬)

The author paints a vivid word picture about his need for God—and it’s not just a casual need—but a desperate need! There was a time when I ignored my need for God. In fact, I lived like He wasn’t important at all. Living this way was like a blind man traveling in a desert full of rattlesnakes, drinking brackish water, eating contaminated food, and wandering perilously close to dangerous cliffs.

Then—I invited God into my heart.

He gave me His fresh, living water and the satisfying food of His Word. He taught me to see the dangers all around me. He is still teaching me. In His presence, the deserts of life are a dramatically different experience. When I wander from His presence and begin to feel lost on the windy, dry deserts of life, I love it when He reminds me that His “steadfast love is better than life” and draws me back into His presence.

Once we have experienced the richness of God’s Presence, walking without Him, is not living—it’s surviving—just to die.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ God didn’t create us to live that way. He created us to live for His glory—which lasts for eternity!

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