“Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commandments. … Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in His ways and by fearing Him” (Deuteronomy 8:2-6). Do we allow God to challenge us to trust Him? As Moses gave his final instructions to the children of Israel, he reminded them of God’s provision for them in the wilderness. He also identified that God led them in a manner that tested them to see if they would obey Him regardless of the circumstances. Does our faith allow that God can place us in trying situations to see if we will obey Him no matter what? It is very easy in our world to allow the things in our lives to distract us, or to allow circumstances and situations to overwhelm us. In those moments, do we focus more on the distractions and circumstances than on trusting God and walking in his ways? God taught the Israelites to trust Him and His provision throughout their wilderness wanderings. He provided, but not always immediately or in their timing. He wanted to know if they would keep His commandments. The temptation to sin often begins with the question of the serpent: “Has God really said?” It entices us to take matters into our own hands, do things in our own way, or reject God’s prohibitions. The essence of biblical faith is believing and trusting God despite the circumstances, to choose to obey Him regardless of distraction or difficulty. The reality of the Bible is, however, that sometimes God places us in those situations to see if we will obey regardless of the challenges around us. Do we allow God to challenge us to trust Him? Do we truly believe that no matter the circumstances that He remains by our side and while we may feel pressed, stretched, and at our breaking point, He will never allow us to be crushed? And our circumstances become the opportunity to build and show our trust.
Father, in whatever circumstances I find myself in today, may I demonstrate my trust in You by obediently keeping Your commands and walking in Your ways. Amen.