Lessons in Isolation - Ps Ian Zerna

14th June 2020

"And Moses led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God."

Exodus 3:1 (NKJV) As a new Christian with a burning passion for God, I regularly took a day each week to go to seek God in a farmer’s old caravan that he had set up in the isolation in the hills of the back of his dairy farm, for people who wanted time alone with God. I would take my Bible, a Strong’s Concordance and a note pad, a big bottle of water, and spend the day in isolation with absolutely no distractions, (except for the herd of cows that would come and moo at me in wonder of me praying in tongues with shouts of praise to God!). They were precious times for me as I learnt valuable lessons of isolation. God had isolated Moses in the backside of the desert in order that He could get his attention and prepare him for the next season of his life. I see this pattern of preparation in isolation throughout the Bible, with David, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus and even the disciples being 40 days in isolation before Pentecost, to mention a few. Moses emerged with a new brokenness and humility, but with a renewed call and confidence that God would fulfil His promise and purpose in His strength, and not in his own ability. As restrictions are now easing, and as we begin to emerge from isolation into the new normal, there are vital questions that we ALL need to be asking ourselves.

  • What has God been saying to me in this season?

  • What have I been learning?

  • What will I apply?

Today, set some time aside to reflect, review and apply the deeper work of preparation that God had been doing in your life. The best days for you and our Impact family are before us!  Let’s move forward with fresh passion, zeal and enthusiasm to see God’s purposes fulfilled in our lives and in our world as we have grown through the lessons of isolation!

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