A small flame

A small flame

Trust

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Meditations of Wilderness Wanderings

part 2


". . . Notice that God’s purpose for leading them through a terrifying desert, letting them hunger, and then feeding them daily was “to do you good in the end” (16). God didn’t just respond to a bad situation they happened to be going through, or one that they or others had put them in; neither did he “allow” them to go through the intense hardship; rather, he actively led them into the wilderness, into the hunger, into the daily terror. But he did it out of love. He had their long-term best interests at heart. You either believe that or you don’t. It doesn’t make the desert any less hot or terrifying. It doesn’t make the belly any less hungry. It doesn’t make the necessity of faith any less difficult. But it does give at least a glimmer of hope. And a glimmer is all we need. Do I believe God’s purposes are good, even when times are hard?


God sometimes leads us through the terrifying desert with its fiery serpents and scorpions and parched ground. But he does lead us. He never leaves us. He leads us in ways that seem harsh and fearful, yet his purposes are actually tender and loving. He forces us to abandon the fantasy of being able to live life without him (“by bread alone”), and invites us to trust in his promise to provide what we need for the next day: grace, mercy, forgiveness, strength, patience, love. But he doesn’t give us excess. Only what we need for the day. It seems harsh, but he wants us to trust him daily. And, like the Israelites, we know our own hearts not by how we feel or what we say, but by whether or not we obey him in the wilderness. "



you can read Phil's original post in its entirety here

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