Survival in the Wilderness (3)
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’ (vv 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’ (v 19 NIV). That’s how serious He is about making sure you depend on Him each day.
‘…He brought you water out of hard rock.’ Deuteronomy 8:15 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Isaiah 51:14; 57:14-15; 58:1, 10-12
He who is bowed down shall speedily be released, his bread shall not be lacking! Build up, build up, prepare the way, and remove every obstruction from my people’s way. For thus says the one who is high & lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is holy: “I dwell in the high & holy place, & also with him who is of a contrite & lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, & to revive the heart of the contrite. Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet. If you pour yourself out for the hungry & satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness & your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually & satisfy your desire in scorched places & make your bones strong; & you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
God loves you & has shown you what you must do. Pour yourself out on others today! Keep yourself bowed down before Him & He will revive your heart! Seek Him today! Never delay!