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. You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you. Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. Deuteronomy 8:2,5-6
Major epiphany moment this morning when I read the above scripture in Daily Light. We are all on the same journey – the journey has a name and it is called LIFE! The journey is for everyone but not everyone takes the same path. As I pondered on this scripture I reflected on my life – I gave my heart to Jesus as a young eight-year old afraid of being left behind if Jesus came back. Although it was fear that prompted me to invite Him into my heart – it was sincere and I count it as the day of my salvation, but it was many, many years later that I gave Him my life. Yet, God has been with me through it all and I believe this scripture confirms it.
God is always with me on my journey – through the wreckless years of teenage rebellion; in the stiff-necked stubborness of marrying outside my faith and against God’s perfect will for my life. After all, the scripture states, “whether you would keep His commandments or not.” And, I was not.
My journey has had its share of wilderness… self-inflicted! But God says He used these times to humble me and to test me and to know what was in my heart. As a loving Father, He exercised some chastening – all for my good!
Just like the Israelites, (to whom the Deuteronomy passage is directed), I have come to the promised land – a time of spiritual health and prosperity, a place of rest and recovery because my wilderness revealed what and who I am outside of God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will and I can be more understanding of those around me who are walking their journey and living in their self-inflicted wilderness!
I want to be an administrator of grace as I watch others walking out their journey.