God doesn’t give wrong directions.
Even when you thought the Lord said “go,” and maybe He meant “no,” and now you find yourself in a spiritual wilderness, He is still with you! Maybe it’s just me, but there have been times when I don’t sense the presence of God, I can’t seem to hear what He is saying, and my discernment radar is on the blink. When I find myself in a “dry season,” I go back to a couple of passages in the Old Testament to remind me of God’s faithfulness.
Keep in mind, one of the many roles God possesses is a teacher. Good teachers equip and empower you. God wants you to learn and grow and become all He has intended for you, and just like a teacher, God doesn’t just give you a very specific answer. He could, but typically He chooses not to.
Let me give you an example. Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweet over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God.” God could have taken you around the water, rivers, fire (aka storms) but He guides you through! Why? To equip you! To prepare you! To bless you! His guidance leads to growth and assurance of God’s faithfulness.
Look at Exodus 13:17-18, “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “if they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle. Did you catch it? God didn’t give wrong directions to the Israelites, he led them in a way that they would be equipped and empowered for their next battle. He led them through the desert (dry season/storms) and He will do the same for you.
God has a purpose for our time in the desert. And He has never left us alone. In my dry seasons, I also pray for His strength to equal my day.
Friends, I pray for your seasons in the wilderness to co-exist with the Joy of the Lord.