30, August 2015

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What You Need in the Wilderness (3)

‘…He brought you water out of hard rock.’ Deuteronomy 8:15 NIV

What else do you need in the wilderness? Water! You can live without food for about forty days, but without water you’ll die much faster. It’s the same in the spiritual realm; you can get by in life without a lot of things, but you won’t make it without God. In the wilderness God was teaching His people a lesson He wanted them to remember when they arrived in the Promised Land: ‘Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord…Who brought you out of…slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you.’ (Deuteronomy 8:12–16 NIV) Note the words ‘that it might go well with you’. In spite of what you’re going through today, God has great blessings in store for you. But in order to handle them properly you must learn humility, develop a heart of gratitude, and never forget that He alone is the source of every good thing you’ll ever have. Then God added this P.S.: ‘If you ever forget…you will surely be destroyed.’ (Deuteronomy 8:19 NIV) That’s how serious He is about making sure you depend on Him each day.

SoulFood: Gen 11:1–9, Phil 2:1–11

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021

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