“And you shall remember all the way which 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. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but that mans lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy 8:2-3
Believe it or not, I wrote this post before the last ones from Beth Ann and Sarah. God must be at work, be at work, because we’re all thinking along the same lines. Here goes:
If you’re my age, and you look back over your life, you are bound to remember some wilderness days. Times when nothing seemed to go right, times when you felt lost and alone; times when that decision you made with such high hopes has led you to a place of despair; times when your spouse, your children, your friends disappoint you.
In wilderness times, there’s always a temptation to turn away from God. Like the Israelites, we groan and complain and long for “the good old days” even if in our hearts we know those days weren’t perfect, either. Still, the security of what we knew seems better than going forward into unknown places.
These verses tell us there is a purpose in those trying days. God is humbling us in order to teach us to depend upon Him; He cares for us when we are helpless and cannot fend for ourselves, and when we look back and remember, we see that He did sustain us. His Word and His promises kept us going, when we clung to them.
I think it’s interesting to know that the literal meaning of manna is “what is this?” Sometimes during those difficult times, we’re “fed” with nourishment we didn’t expect and don’t understand. We may not get what we want, but God makes sure we get just what we need.
How has God fed you in the wilderness? Ladies and readers, I want to hear your stories.