|Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. ~Deuteronomy 8:2
I was reading this chapter and it dawned on me! “We all know that God has the power to do all things, so why would he let the Israelites go through everything they went through, when he could have let them get to the promise land in a couple of days. As I read Deuteronomy in its entirety, I realized that God was preparing the hearts of the Israelites for what he was going to give to them. If he had just allowed them to get to the land without trials, then they would have taken his great mercy and blessing for granted and their hearts would have become proud and they would have forgotten the Lord.
We can relate this to our lives now. When I hear testimonies at Church and at Bible fellowship about how much people went through before God eventually answered their prayers, I am amazed. However, if we don’t go through this humbling period where God decreases us, we will probably say things like, “My power or my accomplishments got me this far.” God blatantly lets us know that it is not by power or by might, but by his Spirit.
“Indeed, in our hearts, we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead…Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers on many” ~2 Corinthians 1: 9-11
So brethren, if you find yourself constantly praying for something with no response, it doesn’t necessarily mean that God has turned a deaf ear to your cries, you may be going through the humbling period. This is where we have to show God that we are truly worthy of what he is going to bless us with. The Israelites failed the test several times, and God dealt with them; all of the original group died with the exception of 2 people, but his word never went back unfulfilled, the Israeliters still reached the promise land even though it took longer. I pray that we never have to deal with God’s wrath.
There you have it brethren, like one of my favourite quote says, “If he brought you to it, he will bring you through it.” We have his commandments, we know why we go through the humbling period, and we know that he will not allow anything to befall us that we cannot handle, so we have an upper hand over the Israelites. We know what we need to do, so LETS DO IT! It is just that simple. I now have a better understanding about why God detests proud hearts. Always remain humble and give God the glory and praise that he truly deserves. It is not about you and I, it is all about God and his mercy, and we will not receive what God is going to bless us with until we truly realize and accept this.
Stay blessed and spread the word.