The Temptation of a Dry Land

Michael Beck

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Do what God wants you to do when He wants you to do it, and then move on. God knows how to change the scenery of our life for His purposes, not because we’re bored, or think we could use a change. Staying, going, whatever we do should be out of obedience. If the cloud stays, we stay; if the cloud moves, we move. Keep pace with God. Don’t get ahead of Him; don’t lag behind Him.

Don’t make an idol out of experiences. Jesus spent all His twenties in the dusty, little village of Nazareth. “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46) Yes! Great good can come out of Nazareth, when God says the time is right to come out. But if Jesus had gotten weary with the slow pace, restless with the same, mundane setting, He very well could have talked Himself into a premature departure. When it was time to move on, the Spirit was faithful to lead Him to the next stage of His life. As the Son of Man, He was willing to patiently wait for divine direction.

Our lives should have many chapters; but each one should be engineered by God. Many have stories to tell about where they went, what they saw and did. It might appear that they’ve had a very full life. But if God wasn’t in it and if His purposes weren’t being accomplished, it is all, ultimately vain.

Live for God, not for a new experience. When you bow down to serve Him, you will not be pining away for what’s “out there.” You will have an inner life where the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of God is being discovered. That experience will be exciting enough.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.