“Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end” Deuteronomy 8:16, NKJV.
The wilderness is described as a barren and uninhabited place. It was actually a great place for shepherds to pasture their sheep. Most of all, it wasn’t a place suited for daily living, but a place meant to pass through.
If you feel like you’re in your wilderness, know that you are passing through. There is a divine and eternal purpose for it. The Good Shepherd is pasturing you. Your wilderness appears to have nothing to offer on the outside, but God is doing a mighty work on the inside. There is a proving of the heart there. A humbling of the heart created in you there. A dependency and trust established in God and God alone. A knowledge of Who God is, not to someone else, but to you and that He will provide. He is molding you and know that you are passing through it. In time you will see what God had to do in you, before you could enter into your good in the end–His promised land for your life.
You will not die in your wilderness. You serve a good God, and it may feel tough, but you are on your way to your promised land. Your Shepherd says, “Don’t go back to where He brought you from. I brought you out, to bring you in. My will is that you enter into all that I have promised you. Look to Me, your Shepherd and Lord. Look to Me your Help, for I am bringing you into a great place. A land of milk and honey. A land blessed by Me for you.”
Prayer: Father, this doesn’t feel good what I’m going through. Yet, I will rejoice and trust You! I will yet praise You. In this wilderness experience, mold me. Shape me into the man You have called me to be. I’m not going back. Prove me and Your will be done in me. Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Exodus 14:11-12, Psalm 23, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 4:1