“And the LORD, He [is] the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
It had been a very long season of financial hardship. God had been faithful to His word and provided our daily bread. There were glimpses sometimes; instances where we wondered if the season was coming to an end but it was not. Those were times where God was releasing some of the pressure, like a valve allowing steam to escape so that everything would not explode.
We were in the midst of His process and being led by Him…and it was uncomfortable. Even with the knowledge that God was in control, my flesh still rebelled. Why were things not going the way I would have liked and when were they going to change?
Your spirit says “He’s got this”. Your body says ” How much longer?”
Money had to be juggled and carefully allotted. When would the bills be paid. Which ones got top priority. But God….
We had to deny ourselves and our children the simplest things. But God…
Learning to trust God in such times is paramount. I remember being a young Christian and reading the account of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. It was easy to picture Moses the deliverer, leading the people as He was led by God. The grandeur of the Red Sea parting and this huge throng of people crossing. Wow! Incredible! They were safe from their pursuers. There was a journey ahead but a promised end. They just had to trust the God who had answered their prayers , and go.
Yes, they were in a wilderness and yes, life now had to be lived differently but they were in His way. There were before them visible signs of God’s love and provision. So what did they do? We know the answer to that. They complained. Why did we leave? We should go back. Can we get something different to eat? We’re tired of this daily provision now.
I used to say if I was in that position, that there was no way that I would complain. I mean, after seeing all that God had done and all that He was doing, how could dissatisfaction even be an option?
That was not my journey. I was only reading about it. In the midst of my own journey, my own struggles, things looked somewhat different. There had to be a conscious effort to remind myself of God’s past works in my life and the lives of my family (1 Sam 30:6). Even when the words would not come out of my mouth, my thoughts and attitude would need adjusting. I wanted to trust God and have strong faith but why was it so hard?
There is no life without challenge. We can’t avoid it, go around it or tell it to come back tomorrow. We have to face it. In the midst of it, we learn about ourselves but we also learn about the God that we serve. He is faithful. Don’t doubt it, don’t question it. He is faithful. Going through my wilderness season, those were constantly on my lips. Whether as a testimony to His goodness or just simply to remind myself.
Today, you may be facing a tough time or you may know someone else who is. It is possible to find, in every challenge, ways that God has enriched us, encouraged us, kept us. Hold on to those moments. Let them give you strength when things seem bleak. He is faithful to His promise never to leave us or forsake us. Let your testimony serve to lift someone up.
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