“when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end-“ Deuteronomy 8:14-16
I think it is safe to say you were not delivered out of the land of Egypt – literally, or from the house of bondage – literally; God did not lead you through the great and terrible wilderness with fiery serpents and scorpions – literally; nor did He take you through the land without water—literally. He did not provide manna for you – literally.
But for every one of these literal events that took place in biblical history – there is a corresponding spiritual equivalent in your journey with Jesus Christ. God uses these events in our lives to humble us (we all need that) and to test us.
God ALWAYS has the big picture in focus as He leads us individually through life. As trials come, as circumstances change, as disappointments linger, as battles are won, as life happens…
God is orchestrating it all that He might do us good in the end. As we go through trials and difficulties keeping this promise in mind brings hope.
In the midst of it all, God’s plan is to bring us good in the end.
Will you trust His promise today?
Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word. Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!