They shall come out of the desert full of the Holy Spirit
March 2009: Last week I stood alone in an open field. The rain just ended and the sun was setting. Minutes earlier, I saw the lightening and heard the thunder. But now I saw a double rainbow. This is what the rainbow said: God is going His people into a wilderness. There they will learn that man lives not by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Why should it surprise you that God would send His people into the wilderness? The Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness. Jesus did not choose to go into the wilderness. But the Spirit sent Him there. There, Jesus learned obedience from what He suffered. That is why He came out “full of the Holy Spirit.” Then Jesus sent Paul into the wilderness. He sent many others, and He is sending more into the wilderness. For “the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
In the wilderness God is going to deliver believers from the god of money, because they have come to pride themselves in the things they own. A flood will come in from the sea. Some will be washed away, because it will go over every head. But with salt the flood will wash them, that they may share in His holiness.
So the Lord will lead them into the desert and speak tenderly to them. He will split open the rocks and give them water. He will turn the desert into pools of water. And to him who overcomes will He give some of the hidden manna. So shall they come out of the desert full of the Holy Spirit.
When the sun was setting the rainbow appeared and I remembered God’s covenant:
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears . . . I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures.” (Gen 9:14-15)
When storms come, God sends also the rainbow. That covenant will never cease. It is forever in this present age, a sure and certain word. For “the LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.”