TRUSTING GOD IN A DRY SEASON
Who do you trust when you are in the wilderness? The story
of how God led Israel into the wilderness has implications for our
own spiritual journey as Christians. Like Israel, many times we are
responsible for putting ourselves in the wilderness. Other times,
God led us there kicking and screaming.
Have you ever been to the wilderness? If you have, you know
more about it than I do. But what I do know is this; the wilderness
is not an ideal place to construct permanent homes. Nobody
wants to build their home in a place that is rocky and dry… and
where water is miles away.
When God led Israel out of Egypt, God took them through the
wilderness in order to teach them that he alone is their provider;
God was teaching them to trust him completely for everything!
Through the plagues in Egypt and the miracle of parting the
Red Sea, he dismantled the gods of the Egyptians and proved that
he alone is God …that there is none like him. If God has the power to dethrone the many gods of the Egyptians and
can pave a way for Israel through the Red Sea, surely, he can provide them food and water even in the driest season
of their lives. However, as soon as they landed on the other side of the Red Sea, they begin to moan and groan; they
begin to wish they were back in Egypt.
Isn’t this so typical of us? Humans can be so fickle? When we say we trust God, are we doing so only in times of
plenty and abundance? Do we only trust him when our needs are being met … or when he was parting the red seas
of our lives? Could this be why as soon as we are in a dry season, we shake our fists at God and demand that he fills
When we are in a dry season, where the necessity of life slowly diminishes, our trust in the providence of God
intensifies…we are now being challenged to take a leap of faith with God. We are challenged to depend completely
on him for gas / electric, food and water, and even a place to live -- it is true that finding a place to live these days
is extremely difficult as the housing market skyrocketed, and as apartments are becoming more and more difficult
Another aspect of life that we are challenged with in a dry season is in our behavior and attitudes toward our
family members, friends and the community at large; the others are the biggest threat to our well-being after all!
Keep in mind that who we trust shines brightly in our attitudes toward those who we do life with; how we treat
others reflect the God or gods of our life.
Friends, I believe we are in a dry season as a country … and as a denomination. As a country, we see the price of
gas, food and goods’ soaring as everything is in short supply. In my 40+ years living in this country, I have never
seen more emptied shelves at the grocery stores. And as a denomination, more and more church members are now
awakened to the reality of a real separation or split. What I read and hear is confusion, dismay, anger and blaming.
I think it is correct to say that we are in a dry season of our lives as United Methodists. Of course, this does not
mean that we should panic as those who have no faith in God. It is in a dry season that we are being challenged to
trust God completely for the necessity of life. Jesus told the crowd who came to be fed by him that he is the bread
of heaven … that he is "the bread of life‟. He said also … “whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.
Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”- (John 6:35). We are reminded by Jesus here to not seek what will fill
our bellies, and not to construct permanently of anything in the dry season. We are, however, to trust him and find
our satisfactions in him … he is our permanent home and resting place.
In a dry season, I pray that your faith and trust in God will shine brightly in how you care for one another. As
Christians we are to be Christ-like as we care for one another, also in our engagement with those in our community.
May our Lord Jesus Christ fill your heart and mind with his grace, mercy, peace and hope as you continue to live
and serve him.
Together in Christ,
Pastor Mao Her