“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. … Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him” (Deuteronomy 8:2, 6 NKJV).
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 in our world to let the things in our lives distract us, or to let situations 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 Him regardless of the challenges around us.
Do we allow God to challenge us to trust Him? Do we truly believe, no matter the circumstances, that He remains by our side—and that while we may feel pressed, stretched, and at our breaking point, He will never allow us to be crushed?
May we recognize in these difficult moments that our circumstances become the opportunity to build and show our trust in God.
Father, in whatever circumstances I find myself today, may I demonstrate my trust in You by obediently keeping Your commands and walking in Your ways. Amen.