12/26/13 BIBLE PASSAGE (Deuteronomy 8,9,10)
Moses enlightened Israelites on the factors that motivated God to avoid highways but selected wilderness for them to travel from Egypt to the Promised Land. Moses said “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. 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 8:2-3).
God may allow his children to pass through tough situations for the purpose of glorifying himself in their lives. Once God’s children learn appropriate lessons, the Creator will turn things around for their advantages – and he will bless them. For example, God allowed Israelites to travel through wilderness to teach them unforgettable lessons. The children of God passed through jungles and hash weather conditions to pursue the good land that he has promised them. In the wilderness, they learned how to trust God for everything they needed. Tough situations caused them to depend on the sovereign power of God for provisions and protections.
Dear God, please teach me how to trust you. Let all your purposes be fulfilled over my life. Enable me to learn every lesson that is needed for my lifting – and for the glorification of your name. Once I am blessed, give me grace to bring you special thanksgiving offerings for your goodness. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.