This morning I had my own personal bible study, at the beginning of the year I decided I will finally read the whole bible from beginning to the end. Before I made this decision I was more focused on the new testament and psalms and proverbs. I have always found it hard to read the old testament because I use to think reading Numbers and Leviticus and Deuteronomy was just too long and boring. Since we have a new covenant it would be best for me to study the new testament. I know I am not the only one who use to feel that way.
I am now in Deuteronomy and what has been revealed to me is that the old testament is very important to read rather its long or tough to read or not. We learn how the Israelites were a stiff-necked people and we learn many lesson based on what they did. When God did things for them they followed him then they would turn away from him and repeat this cycle continuously. For example he brought them out of Egypt and showed them wonders and a taste of his power. Yet right after being freed from Pharaoh they got hungry and complained and grumbled. They told mosses that God should have never took them out of Egypt among other things. Now after seeing all the wonders that God did they complained (sinned) all because they were hungry and didn’t have any food. When all they had to do was ask instead of committing sin and complaining.
But because of Moses God did not destroy them for all the outrageous things they said and he gave them manna to eat (bread). I think today many people are in the wilderness like the Israelites were so long ago. The only difference is God himself was actually among them. We cry to God when things are going wrong and when he does something about it a little while later we turn away from him and not closer to him. We wonder why it feels like we are stuck and will never have the life we want or it feels like God has forsaken us.
I feel that’s because we are in our own wilderness and God is trying to humble us and test us. It’s up to us on how long we stay in the wilderness. Think about it, the longer it takes you to let go of the sin you keep committing the longer you will be in the wilderness. If God is leading you to stop doing something and you keep ignoring him do you think you will make it out of the wilderness sooner rather than later? I encourage you to take the time to go over the Israelites story in the old testament.
Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV ” Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what is in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.”
So are you in your own wilderness? If so are you keeping his commands? I think nowadays the wilderness that the Israelites were in is as the song by Kirk Franklin goes the storm is over now. Is what the wilderness is, in today’s time is called the storm. During this storm you are going through test and trials and sometimes the storm is caused by your decisions to not obey God. However, through it the Lord provides a way out, that way is through obedience to him and trust in him. Through every storm he humbles us and test us as the verse above in Deuteronomy states.
Deuteronomy 8: 3-5 NIV “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.”
Be glad when you are in your storm or wilderness because if you keep your trust in God you will come out of it a changed person. You will have learned to lean on and trust in him, you will be humbled and have learned perseverance. However, be careful, when God brings you out of said storms and wilderness do not forget about him and become prideful. A lot of people get prideful and claim they did everything on their own and forget that God is the one who brought them through. Therefore, Through God we are able to do anything and without him we are able to do nothing. I am guilty of being in my own wilderness at times, I am not perfect and neither are you. But I think we all make things more difficult than they really are. What God asks of us is simple and easy to do THROUGH HIM. All we have to do is be patient and move when he says move and not when we feel we should move.
Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”
The same things that the Lord our God asked of the Israelites oh so long ago is all that he asks from us. So why are we stiffed-Necked people just like the Israelites?
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NIV “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”
So I encourage you during this time of lent to talk to God and ask him to reveal you hear to you and start making some changes. Submit every aspect of your life to him and serve him wholeheartedly and with all your soul. Get out of the wilderness and that storm and start walking in God’s will!!!!
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