“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” (Deuteronomy 8:2)
When we walk through trials and hardships, when the world around as is all darkness. It can be difficult to see any purpose in staying where we are, to keep enduring the trying times. Without seeing the purpose for our being in the place we are, we might feel quite like the people of Israel wondering in the wilderness. We know where we are going, eventually, but having no idea how long it will take to get there or if the path we are on is going to be a straight road to our destination.
Though we walk in the wilderness at times, the Lord our God leads us in it all this time. Yes, these trials are to humble us and to test our faith — and no part of that is easy. Some days, we dare to open our hearts and be vulnerable, only to find ourselves getting hurt one more time. Some days, we lift our eyes and face towards the sunshine, only to be taken down with a storm bigger than we think we can handle. Some days, we believe it to be the days circumstances can finally change, only to find ourselves losing everything.
So this humbling and testing of our faith? It might take everything we have. It might have us on our knees when we can no longer stand. But it also means that we will come out with a stronger faith, rooted and established, and more like Jesus.
“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3, emphasis added)
It might be that all we see is the trial, the hardships and the darkness in our lives. When a storm is raging on, it is difficult to see anything else. But this is so important for us to remember: that the Lord allowed Israel to hunger, and He allows us to go through trying times as well. Everything that is in our life, God has allowed. Everything that is in our life, He can use — to humble us, to test our faith. But it is all for our good in the end.
Yet, God not only allows these circumstances and times to be in our lives. He also feeds us through these times, making sure that we have all that we need. Like with the manna for the people of Israel, the Lord is faithful to provide for us what we need to make it through. It might not look like what we thought it would, how we hoped our life would turn out to be. Yet, we know this: that man lives not by bread alone but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
“who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end” (Deuteronomy 8:16)
So take courage, dear one. I know it is hard to take your eyes off the raging storm and the darkness surrounding your heart. It is never easy to stand when life is stealing the breath out of your lungs and knocking you on your knees. But know that on your knees, is the best place to be.
Your Father will carry you through. He will test you, your heart and your faith. But know that He is also transforming you, from glory to glory. Of His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace, and His grace is sufficient for us all.
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