what we need to remember in trying times

Monday morning

“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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  • Ronja, So much wisdom and insight in your words today! Sometimes when we live through these hard times, we walk alongside others and can say with a resounding yes that we understand. I pray that soon your next place of promise will become apparent and God continues to show you just a little of his perspective so that you can carry on and put your hope in him. (I know from experience how hard this is!) xoxo

    • Ronja

      Valerie, thank you so much for your sweet encouragement! You are so right -- it is seriously such a blessing to share about the current seasons of our lives with other believers and hear that they have been where we are now. That they understand how difficult it is to be in the place where we are, and are therefore willing to walk with us through the trying season. Thank you so much for sharing this with me, and for your prayers. They are much appreciated! God bless you!

  • Ronja, So much wisdom and insight in your words today! Sometimes when we live through these hard times, we walk alongside others and can say with a resounding yes that we understand. I pray that soon your next place of promise will become apparent and God continues to show you just a little of his perspective so that you can carry on and put your hope in him. (I know from experience how hard this is!) xoxo

    • Ronja

      Valerie, thank you so much for your sweet encouragement! You are so right -- it is seriously such a blessing to share about the current seasons of our lives with other believers and hear that they have been where we are now. That they understand how difficult it is to be in the place where we are, and are therefore willing to walk with us through the trying season. Thank you so much for sharing this with me, and for your prayers. They are much appreciated! God bless you!

  • sharon

    These thoughts were on my mind a few weeks ago, and since many of the struggles I was having at the time are not yet resolved, it was so encouraging to read your words today. This was so good: "But know that He is also transforming you, from glory to glory." It is this knowledge, that ALL things are working for my good and His glory, it is this that keeps me going. Hardships, though we do not understand them, are working a transformation in us. And they always have a purpose. GOD BLESS!

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad to hear that you were able to find encouragement here, Sharon! I think that is such an important perspective to have, knowing that our hardships have a purpose and that God is working in us through them. This perspective doesn't make the hardship any easier but I do think it's easier to go through difficult times when we know that there is a purpose to it -- that they are working for our good and for His glory. What a blessing it is to have you stop by here, Sharon! God bless you!

  • sharon

    These thoughts were on my mind a few weeks ago, and since many of the struggles I was having at the time are not yet resolved, it was so encouraging to read your words today. This was so good: "But know that He is also transforming you, from glory to glory." It is this knowledge, that ALL things are working for my good and His glory, it is this that keeps me going. Hardships, though we do not understand them, are working a transformation in us. And they always have a purpose. GOD BLESS!

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad to hear that you were able to find encouragement here, Sharon! I think that is such an important perspective to have, knowing that our hardships have a purpose and that God is working in us through them. This perspective doesn't make the hardship any easier but I do think it's easier to go through difficult times when we know that there is a purpose to it -- that they are working for our good and for His glory. What a blessing it is to have you stop by here, Sharon! God bless you!

  • Candace

    Thank you for this beautiful much needed reminder this morning. I spent my first 40 years in the wilderness. It was such a light bulb moment reading your opening verse! I sometimes forget that every step of that was to make me into the woman I am today, ready to serve others and try to help bring them out of the wilderness. This is so incredibly true and necessary for our growth: "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." I can truly understand every storm from those days now and it is so very freeing.

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! I'm so glad to hear that there was something in here for you today, Candace. I'm definitely there with you, Candace, in that the opening verse was a light bulb moment for me as well. That verse has been speaking to my soul on so many levels this past week -- because it gives such a beautiful purpose for the season that we are in at the moment. All of what we are going through has a purpose, and it will all be for our good in the end if we follow the Lord. He sure is so good to us! Thank you so much for stopping by, Candace! Blessings!

  • Candace

    Thank you for this beautiful much needed reminder this morning. I spent my first 40 years in the wilderness. It was such a light bulb moment reading your opening verse! I sometimes forget that every step of that was to make me into the woman I am today, ready to serve others and try to help bring them out of the wilderness. This is so incredibly true and necessary for our growth: "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." I can truly understand every storm from those days now and it is so very freeing.

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! I'm so glad to hear that there was something in here for you today, Candace. I'm definitely there with you, Candace, in that the opening verse was a light bulb moment for me as well. That verse has been speaking to my soul on so many levels this past week -- because it gives such a beautiful purpose for the season that we are in at the moment. All of what we are going through has a purpose, and it will all be for our good in the end if we follow the Lord. He sure is so good to us! Thank you so much for stopping by, Candace! Blessings!

  • debbieputman

    No matter how many times I walk through a desert, or stay on uncharted water, I need to read these words and remember these truths. Thank you. Joining you from Coffee for the Heart today.

    • Ronja

      These are words that I most certainly need to remember and be reminded of time and time again myself. I'm so thankful that the Lord does remind us of these things! Thank you so much for stopping by here, Debbie! God bless you!

  • debbieputman

    No matter how many times I walk through a desert, or stay on uncharted water, I need to read these words and remember these truths. Thank you. Joining you from Coffee for the Heart today.

    • Ronja

      These are words that I most certainly need to remember and be reminded of time and time again myself. I'm so thankful that the Lord does remind us of these things! Thank you so much for stopping by here, Debbie! God bless you!

  • sarahgirl3

    On your knees is the best place to be. Amen!

    • Ronja

      You are so right! :) Blessings to you, Sarah!

  • sarahgirl3

    On your knees is the best place to be. Amen!

    • Ronja

      You are so right! :) Blessings to you, Sarah!

  • Sarah

    I stumbled upon your blog from Imparting Grace. Thank you for your words of wisdom! Well said and beautifully written. You are so true, God is faithful and He will carry me through.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Sarah! What a great encouragement! The Lord definitely is so good to us, going before us and walking with us. He will help us, and He will hold us up. What an amazing God we serve! Thank you for your visit, Sarah! God bless you!

  • Sarah

    I stumbled upon your blog from Imparting Grace. Thank you for your words of wisdom! Well said and beautifully written. You are so true, God is faithful and He will carry me through.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Sarah! What a great encouragement! The Lord definitely is so good to us, going before us and walking with us. He will help us, and He will hold us up. What an amazing God we serve! Thank you for your visit, Sarah! God bless you!

  • Ping

    Hi Ronja! Visiting through the Shine Blog Hop and I'm glad I came by. This post is beautiful and seeing how God provides a way out all that He has us go through. And He is indeed the Almighty God that we can trust. Thanks for the reminder! Cheers from Bangkok:)

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Ping! What a blessing it is to have you stop by here! :) You are so right, He is the Almighty God who loves us. We can trust Him to provide for us. We can trust Him to carry us through. We can trust Him to protect and to help us. He sure is so good to us! Blessings to you, Ping!

  • Ping

    Hi Ronja! Visiting through the Shine Blog Hop and I'm glad I came by. This post is beautiful and seeing how God provides a way out all that He has us go through. And He is indeed the Almighty God that we can trust. Thanks for the reminder! Cheers from Bangkok:)

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Ping! What a blessing it is to have you stop by here! :) You are so right, He is the Almighty God who loves us. We can trust Him to provide for us. We can trust Him to carry us through. We can trust Him to protect and to help us. He sure is so good to us! Blessings to you, Ping!

  • Sharita

    Yes, yes, YES Ronja! The wilderness is so hard... But our faith in Him WILL get us to the Promised Land. Thank you for this encouraging word. Keep up the great work, girl. I appreciate you.

    • Ronja

      Sharita, thank you so much for this sweet, sweet encouragement! :) The wilderness sure is crazy hard at times, and it's difficult to hold on to faith and hope. But He is there with us, providing for us and protecting us and walking with us. Keeping our eyes on that, makes the wilderness seem a lot more bearable. Blessings to you, dear friend!

  • Sharita

    Yes, yes, YES Ronja! The wilderness is so hard... But our faith in Him WILL get us to the Promised Land. Thank you for this encouraging word. Keep up the great work, girl. I appreciate you.

    • Ronja

      Sharita, thank you so much for this sweet, sweet encouragement! :) The wilderness sure is crazy hard at times, and it's difficult to hold on to faith and hope. But He is there with us, providing for us and protecting us and walking with us. Keeping our eyes on that, makes the wilderness seem a lot more bearable. Blessings to you, dear friend!