Preparing for meeting God

By Marcel Rebiai

“How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? ” Psalm 13:2

This process often causes confusion, disappointment and doubt within us. We are not able to explain what is happening and the peace we were so familiar with seems to disappear. We fail to understand God and His Word no longer speaks to us as it once did. We suddenly have the impression that life is tougher than it used to be without Jesus.

The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, and time in the desert always precedes an encounter with God, when He etches the secrets of His kingdom deeper into our hearts. Without desert time we never learn how deep our relationship is with Jesus, nor how serious we are about following Him. Desert time is also essential for the Holy Spirit to lead us into truth. Because He is the one who reveals Jesus to us, He leads us into our own personal deserts.

This devotional is taken from the book To See God by Marcel Rebiai. If you would like to order your own copy, please email us here, [email protected].

Marcel Rebiai is a board member of Revive Israel, and is inspiration for our community. Marcel was born in Algiers in 1953. He came to Switzerland as a war orphan and received faith in Jesus in his youth, which changed his life and made him a messenger of God’s love in Jesus. Since then, he has been faithfully working for the building of the community of Messiah. Marcel is the founder of the “Community of Reconciliation”, an organization that works for reconciliation between Jews and Arabs based on God’s forgiveness and love in Christ. Marcel teaches in various settings around the world about the love that God revealed to us in Jesus, a love that enables reconciliation. Marcel has been living in Jerusalem for the last 30 years, is married to Regula, and has four children and eleven grandchildren.

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