Posted by Murray Smith

If we were to visit the North West part of Namibia we would discover unexpected life in the semi-desert region of the Kunene. The Desert Elephants have been flourishing here for a long time, for that is what they are good at, finding succulent plants and good sources of water in this harsh terrain. “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, ‘If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.’ So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea,” Exodus 13:17-18.

We can be sure that as was the case with Israel God goes ahead of us on the longer road, for it is along this road that God is able to add substance to our faith. The short route does not do this. There is no time as we are too busy changing from one thing to the next. The pachyderms (thick-skinned) elephants of the desert are experienced at doing well on the longer road. They live long and well.

How is your walk with God progressing?

The season of Lent provides us the opportunity to consider the depth and strength of our journey with God.

Being a pachyderm believer means you have added depth to you faith in that you are …

Travelling light not carrying heavy burdens.

Single-minded in kingdom purpose.

Unfazed by destructive criticism.

Unmoved by flattery.

Namibian elephants know where to find the best sources of water in the dry river beds among the mountains. So too should we. Jesus extends this invitation to you today … On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. John 7:37-39. Imagine that, rivers of life-giving spiritual water welling up from within you. What an invitation? And it’s free. No cost to you or me. Real, pure, crystal clear life-giving water to nourish your dry soul today. All you need do is acknowledge your spiritual thirst before your loving Father. Tell him about your deepest need. I know He is longing to fill you up!

Further Study

1 Samuel 7:2-13. The Ark of the Covenant had been put away like a discarded trophy for 20 years. What were the consequences? What did Samuel propose? How did the people respond? What did God do?

Acts 10:44-48. What led to the Holy Spirit being poured out? Look back in this chapter and talk about Peter’s prayer time, vision and response. What do we learn about revival?

John 4:1-26. How did this woman discover the Water of Life? What do we learn about evangelism? Pray about applying it and for the salvation of many souls.