Moses had been through many difficulties in his life. Born into a world of hatred against Israelite baby boys, he was placed in a reed basket as an infant and found floating in the Nile River by the princess of Egypt. His life spared by God, he was taken to a foreign palace and raised as an Egyptian prince with all the comforts the country could provide. Then through an honorable conviction, but a misguided action, he was forced to flee for his life into the wilderness where he spent the next forty years tending sheep in the solitude and hardships of the Arabian desert.
There may come a time when we find ourselves alone in a simmering desert. Personal dreams and lofty plans shattered by circumstances beyond our control leave us wondering, “How and why am I here?” It could be that this desert is the very place that God uses to intensify our thirst and craving for Him. If we begin to plead with Him to show us His ways (not for the purpose of explaining our problems, but for the purpose of knowing Him on a deeper level), we will begin to understand the mind of Christ. Though we may never know the reasons for our trials, we will begin to trust Him more fully. That trust, or faith, is what pleases God.
When you find yourself in a desert of difficulties, don’t despair. Ask God to show you His ways and seek to know Him on a deeper level. You will experience His presence in the heat of the day and find favor in His sight. What better than to be known as a “friend of God.”