Deuteronomy 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
There is a reason you must go through what you’re going through. This was exemplified in the traverse of the Children of Israel from Egypt to their promised land. To begin with, when they started out, God could have taken them a shorter route through the land of the Philistines but chosen not to do so because He did not want them to become disheartened because of the warfare that would be directed at them by the Philistines. They had to walk the longer, more difficult route through the wilderness, but it was for their good. In addition to not exposing them to warfare too early, there were three (3) other reasons that Moses revealed to them in Deuteronomy 8:15 why they had to go through what they went through in the wilderness. The first thing that God wanted to teach them was humility. The scripture identified with that where it says, “that he might humble thee”. One evidence of humility is when we get to the place where we acknowledge that His thoughts and ways are better. Not until we are at that place will we be inclined to do things His way.
Another purpose for their wilderness pain was to prove what was in their heart. The scripture said “that he might prove thee”. God wanted to see if they would remain faithful to him while going through difficult times. Job was tested and he proved that his heart was for God whether times were good or bad.
The final reason the Israelites went through what they did was to prepare them for the good that He intended for their lives. The scripture specifically said, “to do thee good at thy latter end’. God wanted to make sure that they were in a place that they could receive what He had promised. The three (3) lessons that the Israelites learnt throughout their wilderness situation could be among the things that God is choosing to teach you during your difficult season.
Life Application: Do an inventory of your actions to see the extent to which you are willing to do things His way. In addition, consistently seek Him whether times are good or bad and adequately prepare yourself for what He has promised.
Prayer: Lord, some seasons are painful, but you always work things out for my good. Thank you that there’s purpose in my pain. Work out your will and purpose in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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