"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" (I 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!