Have you ever wondered why certain things happen? Perhaps some we may never know, but in this morning’s devotional God gives us one reason in particular…
Daily Bible Reading: Deu. 8-10
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Deu 8:3 KJV
Many times we go through sticky circumstances, and we wonder why. The thing we don’t understand is that God is teaching us something. Why did the children of Israel cry out for food? The Bible says so “THEY MIGHT KNOW THAT MAN DOES NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD OF GOD!” Did they understand? Did they get the message? No. They simply reacted in the flesh and got extremely bitter and angry with Moses and with the Lord. Did God bring them out into the wilderness to starve them and ultimately kill them? A thousand times, NO! God said, in Deu 8:16, “Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end.” God wanted them to pass the test so that He could reward them.
Those of us that are parents want to give good stuff to our kids, right? – but NEVER after a temper tantrum. Wouldn’t that be absurd? When they do something good, or when they get an “A” – that’s when we feel like blessing them. When they demonstrate a mature attitude in the mist of others kids who are little monsters we want to show them off to everybody and say, “Ah! You won’t believe my son! He is the most amazing kid ever!” This is what God wants to do for us! I am finding that, if I am open, the Holy Spirit will show me how to persevere in unpleasant circumstances. I am beginning to realize that He didn’t bring me this far to let me go.
“Lord, it’s my prayer that you would give me a heart that discerns the lessons of the Lord. Help your servant to not be ignorant. Allow me to receive a fresh spirit of wisdom and understanding in the things of God. May Your Word have the preeminence in my life each and every day. In Jesus’ Name I pray,, Amen.”