God’s purpose in lean times, is to remind us that we live, not on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. God promises to sustain us. Often we don’t like what that sustenance looks like, yet God sustains us. How do respond in these times?
2 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 was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 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. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
Sometimes God leads us through the wilderness in life. Israel wandered the desert wilderness for forty years. We see that sometimes God’s purpose is to test us and humble us to see what is in our hearts. God wants to see if we will continue to serve him and obey him even when the times get difficult.
This can mean that we find ourselves hungry. Hungry for food, for shelter, for fulfillment, for purpose, for satisfaction, for achievement, for wellness, and all these things can be withheld from us by God. Instead, he provides manna. Remember manna? God supplied enough food, which fell from the sky, to make it through each day.
God’s purpose, in the lean times, is to remind us that we live, not on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
God promises to sustain us. Often we don’t like what that sustenance looks like, yet God sustains us. Sometimes he even disciplines us. All designed to see if we will remain surrendered and in service to our loving God.
I have some friends who are hanging on the edge of such a wilderness time. I see God sustaining. And I see them continuing to honour and serve God. I admire their faith fortitude. God never stops being God. Continue to honour and serve the God who sustains…