How is your memory? In Deuteronomy 8, God said, “And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you, and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know, that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
Have you remembered? In His all-wise love, God has designed wilderness experiences in order to make us know how to live according to his Word. But what is it that He wants us to know? “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” Our loving Father allows us to go through wilderness experiences, sometimes for years, to prepare us for the abundant blessings He has in store. He has prepared brooks of water, fountains and springs! The amount of time we spend in the wilderness is dependent upon our memory – our ability to remember that God is leading our lives – for our good. He is removing Egypt out of our lives in order to replace it with His Promises! So don’t stay wallowing in the wilderness–REMEMBER!
The journey is worth it . . . don’t lose heart.