Deut 8:2-3 - You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 "He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD. NASU
What was the purpose of 40 years in the wilderness?
Here is the answer: "the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you,"
God was trying to teach His children a lesson on "humility".
Have you ever thought while going through a trial that God is trying to teach you a lesson about "humility"?
I need to rethink many of my trials or wilderness wanderings now.
Has your wilderness time taught you to be humble?
Has your wilderness time taught you to depend on God's Word?
Notice what vs. 3 says, "He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.
A humble person will listen to God's Word.
This is what Jesus said, Matt 11:29-30 - "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS."For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
As the Israelites wandered in the wilderness God was trying to teach them some very valuable lessons.
If you are a Christian and have been baptized (immersed) into Christ then you are wandering in the wilderness. You are journeying towards the Promised Land and God will be trying to teach you "Humility and Dependence Upon Him".
Stay alert as you travel to the Promised Land. God has a lesson or two for you on the way.
Think About These:
It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that are most likely to be remembered.
The person who does things that count doesn't stop to count them.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
11/5/2018 08:59:56 am
Wow! Thank you for this message and for helping ne yo see my struggles and trials as a lesson in humility. This is my first read of pumpups. Heard you speak for the first time at Seven Christian Church yesterday and now understand why you were and still are loved so much by this congregation:)
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