A Word from Dr. Mike - 6/8/22
Deuteronomy 8 provides an analogy of the Christian life and church life as well. Deuteronomy 8:2a states, “And you shall remember that the LORD your GOD led you all the way these 40 years in the wilderness.” Praise GOD for the reminder of His leadership both in our Christian lives and our church life through all of these years.
Then Deuteronomy 8:2b declares, “to humble you and test you.” Yes, through the years of our Christian lives and our church life, GOD has
allowed adversity to come our way to keep us humble and to test our faith. Of course, these experiences are always for our good.
Deuteronomy 8:3 states, “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.” In wandering in the wilderness, GOD tested the people. They failed the test. Exodus 16:2-3 says, “Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them (Moses and Aaron), “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kills this whole assembly.”
Lamentations 3: 22-23 states, “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” Because of GOD’s mercies, His compassion, and His faithfulness, the people of GOD did not starve to death. He provided for their needs, just as He has provided for our personal needs and the needs of our church: past, present, and future.
Through these years, GOD indeed has “led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the rock of flint” (Deuteronomy 8: 15). GOD led the people through that “great and terrible wilderness.” Sounds again like the Christian life at times, huh? Seasons of trial. Times of hardship. Episodes of pain and suffering. Periods of time when we have asked many questions. Through all seasons, GOD is with us. These difficult experiences have not been wasted. GOD has used them to humble us
and to test us. Look at Deuteronomy 8:16a: “…and fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you…
In our Christian life, as well as our church life (the journey we have been on via church revitalization and total campus relocation), GOD has indeed humbled us and tested us. Do you want to know why? Look at Deuteronomy 8:16b: “to do you good in the end.”
Yes, as we go through the “great and terrible wilderness” seasons of life, GOD is humbling us as Christians and as a church family. He is testing us. What is GOD’s goal through all of this? “To do you good in the end” (Deuteronomy 8:16b). In other words, the humbling and testing experiences will be worth it all!! All of these experiences will be for our good and for GOD’s glory!