A call to remember and obey

In Discipleship, Stories
A few months back, I struggled with feeling dry and tired both physically and spiritually, in the midst of life’s busyness. It was also a season when my finances, career and business felt dry, and stuck. It was like being in the wilderness. During that season, God reminded and encouraged me during one of the devotionals I did through Deuteronomy 8.

 
“Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.” – Deut. 8:1-5

Through this scripture, He reminded me that though there are times in our lives we will feel like we’ve been in the wilderness for ages, yet it is in those times that He is humbling us, shaping our character, showing us His miracles, faithfulness and divine provision, sufficient for every new day. He is teaching us that we do not rely on the physical provision (bread) but in His written and spoken word.

In that season of wilderness when I felt that all I see or have been doing everyday is the same thing – the same job/routine/salary/etc. God also reminded me to not despise the season I was in – to not despise or grumble about the ‘daily manna’ that He provides (ie. my job, income, etc) because those were still His daily provision and blessings for me. Instead, He reminded me to be faithful and grateful. To trust in Him, obey His word and do His will.

During one of the prayer services that I attended, Josephine Koh prayed for me and even though she knew nothing about my personal struggle at that time, she prayed and mentioned His refreshing, living water to flow/fill me. God knew the exact word I needed at that particular time.

Fast forward a few months later, I can confidently say that the season of wilderness has come to an end and God has refreshed and strengthened me for a new season. There may not be drastic changes in my external surroundings, but He has given me renewed sense of purpose or excitement for what I’ve already been doing and what lies ahead.

I’m again reminded and convinced that He is the God who breathes life into dry bones and He is able to see you through whatever circumstances you’re in.

That when we are weak, He is strong and His grace will ALWAYS be sufficient for us.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” – Phil. 3:12 Brian Dawkins Jersey MacKenzie Weegar Authentic Jersey