Streams in the desert at En GediOur discussion and teaching: As God promotes you, there will always be conflict because of jealousy. Through the wilderness comes the promise. David had jealousy among his brothers and King Saul. David did not appear in the line up with his brothers when Samuel went to Jesse’s family to anoint the next king. David was away taking care of the sheep perhaps because he was a half-brother. Upon Saul’s desire to take David’s life, David hid. He stayed within the tribe of Judah but still had a death warrant on his head. When God prepares you for the job upon which you are called, he often takes you into the wilderness to get your attention and prepare you. God did this to the entire nation of Israel. In the midst of the harshness of the wilderness, we often want to go back. However, if we do not submit to this harshness, we will never fulfill our destiny. The Lord brought David to the wilderness for 7+ years. Though he was in hiding, he was in a season of preparation for what the Lord had for him. The entire hope of David’s survival was based upon his dependence on the Lord. The Hebrews continued to resist and God kept sending them around Mt. Sinai. It was their children who went into their parents’ promised destiny of the Promise Land. The consequences of insubordination is always wandering and not coming into one’s destiny. Submit to God or wander in the wilderness. David could not have been a kind without his time in the wilderness. During the wilderness, we must be in the Word. David knew his God. The Lord was his shepherd. David was in the desert for 10 years as a refugee. In the midst of David’s pain, he was a shepherd for others. David knew how to care for sheep and was therefore loved by the people. Jerusalem is still called the City of David. The lesson of En Gedi is a lesson of dependency. What is your wilderness? In America, we are taught to get our finances together to be independent. This is the opposite of what God calls us to be. We are called to be dependent upon God. We have a choice to drink of from the stale waters in the cisterns or drink from the living water from a fresh spring. When we receive a vision from the Lord, we are not going to see the whole picture. During David’s time in the desert, God was creating an army for David, his mighty men. The season of wilderness ends with us adopting the promise into our identity.