Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 2:7 (ESV)
7 For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.”’
Moses is speaking in Deuteronomy about the grace God has shown them while in the wilderness as motivation for how they are to live in the future. The hebrew word for Wilderness is used about 250 times and almost always represents a season of time where Israel’s faith is being tested and tried.
Do you often wonder where God is in your struggle? Do you question why God has left you to fight through a particular season of your life? Do you feel like you don’t have what it takes to make it through? The truth is, we all go through wilderness experiences over the course of our lives. We pray, read God’s word, and believe for God’s favor and deliverance from what seems to be a terrible season.
How should we navigate through the wilderness?
That’s a good question and everyone’s experience is different. However, from today’s verse, there are a few things that bring strength and comfort to all of us regardless of the wilderness experience you’re in.
- God is blessing you. I know it sounds crazy given what you’re going through, but it’s true. God blesses you even in the most difficult seasons of your life. He has blessed you with faith! Faith in Him and His word!
- God knows what you’re going through. This means God is not unaware of your circumstances. He is not unaware of the pain, heartache, discouragement, or even despair that you might feel. He knows. Imagine what Jesus went through during his time on earth. God knew and he knows and identifies with your pain as well.
- God is with you. God will never leave you nor forsake you. Never interpret the presence of hardship to mean the absence of God. His presence is with you and He is at work in you.
- God is providing for you. God is providing everything you need to engage your faith and trust Him during this season. You have His presence, His word, and His love. You also have people that He has positioned close to you that you can trust. Share your thoughts and your struggles. But know that you are equipped by God to go through this season, and you don’t have to go through it alone.
One thing is for sure; God will not waste a moment of your time. He cares about what you’re going through and He knows every detail of it. Take comfort in His presence and provision and know that your faith is being forged into a mighty warrior that will arise out of the wilderness into the promised land of your future!
Keep REACHING FORWARD ‘in the wilderness’ for God’s best today!
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