Have you ever admired someone’s unshakeable faith? No matter what life throws at them, they seem to have this deep trust in God and this big faith. It’s an attractive quality isn’t it?
But how can you have unshakeable faith?
Instead of a deep trust, maybe you find yourself asking, “God, why would you let this happen?,” “Where are you?,” “Does you really care?”
That’s where my mind goes sometimes.
Then I bump into one of those people who displays an unshakeable faith. I’m immediately drawn in while wandering, “How did they get that kind of faith?”
I have noticed the people who have unshakeable faith are always graduates of Desert University.
Did you know that God has a university? There are no campuses, dorms, or football fields. It’s not mentioned on U.S. New & World Report “top universities” list but it is a profound institution of higher learning.
Graduates of Desert University have a deep faith that others admire.
I’ve taken a few courses there. Maybe you have too.
Every time I talk with someone who has unshakeable faith, I always ask them, “How did you develop such a deep trust in God?” Almost every time they say, “Well, there was this unexpected thing that happened and God brought me through it.”
Maybe you’re going through a desert right now. Maybe you have a broken relationship, a financial hardship, the loss of a loved one, a lengthy illness, a broken marriage, a stalled career, or unfulfilled dreams.
How will you respond? If you’re like most people, here’s how we respond while we’re in the desert.
4 Ways We Respond in The Desert
Level 1: Feel despair
Desert experiences usually surprise us, disappoint us, and last longer than we want. Despair is a natural response.
Question: Do you believe that God is in control? (Fortunately, this doesn’t require you believe that your circumstances are good.)
Level 2: Surrender to what God’s doing IN me
When I view my circumstances as something that’s being done TO me, I resist and fight. But when I view my circumstances as something that’s being done IN me, I surrender and rest.
Question: Are you ready to surrender?
Level 3: Use my experience to serve others
Is it possible that all of this isn’t even about you? You are part of a bigger story God is writing.
Question: Could God use this event to encourage someone else?
Level 4: Use my experience for God’s glory
Jesus was asked why a man was blind from birth (obvious desert)? Jesus said, “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (Jn 9:3)
Question: How can I use my experience to give God the glory?
God’s promise to you while you’re in the Desert
Duet. 32:10-13 “In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft. The Lord alone led him; no foreign god was with him.”
If you’re enrolled in Desert University right now, embrace God’s promise even if you don’t feel His presence. You’re on your way toward unshakeable faith.
The desert is the place where God speaks. “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” –C.S. Lewis
As God walks with you, someday He’ll whisper these amazing words to you: “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north.” Duet. 2:3