“Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 8:2
The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 long years. They were lost. They didn’t like it. They complained. They felt helpless.
Was this wandering some sort of punishment by God for unbelief? No, God wanted to see what was in their hearts. Would they doubt God’s promises of or would they stay true the Lord?
Fast forward to today. There are many times when we feel just like the Israelites – helpless, lost, wandering in circles. Is this punishment from God? Not at all. They are meant to help you discover where you are in the Lord. The true nature of your relationship with God is revealed during the tough times.
Now, what about the good times? The more we have and the better things go for us, the harder it is for us to fully trust God. But that’s what God wants us to do. The Israelites knew what God had done for them but it is easy to forget God when you have it all. Putting your trust in God during the good times is training for when the times may not be so good.
“Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.”” Deuteronomy 8:17
God asks us to trust him always – and he will make our paths straight. That’s His word!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Questions to Ponder:
- Describe a “wilderness” time when you forgot to trust God. What was the outcome? How did you feel? What prevented you from trusting God?
- Describe a “wilderness” time when you put your trust in God. What was the outcome? How did you feel? How were you able to trust God?
Pray: Heavenly God, you are a God of love. Thank you for adverse and troublesome times; thank you for good times. Help me to always put my trust in you, especially in the difficult times. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Verse of the week: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Blessing: (name), child of God, may you put your trust in the Lord in good times and bad.