As you rise the next hill your hopes are dashed once again, it’s just more wilderness for miles. Your trouble seems to go on and on. You are still waiting and waiting and waiting…and waiting for that relief to come, for that job to be less stressful, for that special someone to come along, for your health to improve, for things to get better.
The same old scenery makes you antsy…makes you dissatisfied…makes you discouraged. Wilderness hopelessness is a favorite lie of the enemy…whispering that God has abandoned you to the scorpions and cactus. Poor you!
Not so, the Word says. You can still have a fulfilling, beautiful life while you wander. The Holy Spirit led me to find these deeply meaningful verses for you, if you read them with the spiritual in mind.
Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:2-3 NLT
Here are some noteworthy observations from this passage.
You are being led.
If you remember Israelite history, the people were never alone. God went before them in a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. (fact check: Exodus 13:21-22) This is a profound truth for you to think about…God always kept Himself visible to His people. All they had to do was look, and there He was. It may look like you are going in circles, but the leader is leading…the follower needs to follow.
You are being humbled and tested on purpose.
Somebody much bigger and smarter than you has your best interests at heart. He promises that things are in the process of working out for your good if you love Him. (fact check: Romans 8:28) But now you are hungry…starving, longing for a bite of relief. Just wait y’all, bread is on the way.
You are being taught how to eat.
There’s purpose to your hunger. Sometimes you just need to hear that word…purpose. The gnawing in your spiritual stomach is to teach you that people do not live by bread alone….that there is something sweeter for your soul than the physical….that time is not to be wasted with meaningless distractions, where a soul drops exhausted into bed each night, proud to have made it through one more day without dwelling too much on life. Y’all the bread of life is rich and satisfying. This is how we truly live, by every word that comes from the mouth of God. So breathe in the aroma of a freshly baked loaf, and cut yourself a slice.
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