“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not” Deuteronomy 8:2, ESV.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” Romans 15:13, ESV.
Any man can serve the Lord when everything is going well. The children of Israel gladly praised the Lord after they crossed over the Red Sea. They gave Him glory with no hesitation after they saw how He delivered them from the Egyptian army. The challenge came when they walked through the wilderness, and God allowed them to, to humble them and prove their heart to see if they would still serve Him.
Are you like the Israelites who lost faith the moment things became difficult, or are you like His servant Job who after losing much, still bowed down and worshiped the Lord? Will you let go of Jesus because things aren’t going your way, or will you hold on and believe Him with all you’ve got?
Although you are being proven, still serve Him. Although you are learning humility and patience, still serve Him. He doesn’t want your worship and your obedience to be conditional. When all is well or when it isn’t, when He gives you what you want or when He doesn’t, still serve Him. There is always a promise land after the wilderness. After obedience, there is always a blessing.
Prayer: Father, I worship You with all my heart because of Who You are. I worship You not outcomes. I choose to trust You no matter what. Strengthen my heart. Strengthen my praise. Strengthen my faith and my joy in believing. Fill me God as I humble myself in worship to You. Let nothing steal my praise and my worship. It’s my lifeline. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Job 1:20; Numbers 14:2; James 1:3-4; Psalms 96:9; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18