The desert is metaphor throughout Scripture for scarcity, real or imagined. Deserts can be spiritual, emotional, financial, etc. – places where our perceived lack of abundance produces anxiety and brings out the worst in us. It’s the place where all is stripped away and we are reduced to the basic elements of trust. As much as we resist the desert, God uses it as a purifying pathway to produce mature faith in us.
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