Desert experience

Men from Return to Zion Congregation on Desert Experience 2016

And he led the flock to the back of the desert.” – Exodus 3:1

Several weeks ago fifteen men from Return to Zion Congregation, a pastor from Holland and a tourist from Russia made a trip to the desert together, with the same goal as the previous trip in 2015:

Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

In the midst of our busy daily routine, as we rush about meeting our responsibilities, we need to regularly stop and dedicate time to the Lord, to be still and experience His presence. The desert is the perfect place to emphasize this aspect of stepping out of our often hectic schedules, together with other men who are seeking to live lives dedicated to God.

This year, on our first day we hiked to a small canyon near the Dead Sea and walked for about 16 km. During the hike, we shared with God and others what was on our hearts, enjoyed the stunning natural scenery, drank coffee and tea in the middle of nowhere and took time to just be still in Him.

On our second day, we had morning devotions and then visited Masada, a significant historical site overlooking the Dead Sea.

Links in the Chain

Scripture describes a special “chain” of which we are a part:

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Yeshua; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Yeshua is God.” – 1 Corinthians 11:3

We need to be a strong link in this chain. We, the men, are a source of blessing in our homes, and we are to be the connection between our family and God! If we are a weak, rusty link, this condition will adversely affect our families and our communities.

Our short trip into the desert was a special time of renewal, fellowship and rest. It was an opportunity for us as men to remember that we are called to be a strong and loyal part of God’s divine chain.

We are already looking forward to another Desert Experience in 2017!

This article originally appeared in Oasis Newsletter January 2017 and is reposted with permission.