Monday, February 22, 2010

"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to 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 fathers 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....

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land -a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your, God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 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 your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, 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 desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, 'My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.' But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today." Deuteronomy 8: 2-5, 7-18

I love this passage, it helps me to remember who is in control, it comforts me as I look back on times in our life...I am able to vividly remember times when we weren't sure how we would make ends meet, times, like now, when health problems arose...when life starts to get a little bit uncomfortable I can feel confident that my Lord will meet all of my needs. He promises to never leave nor forsake me.

What deserts are you walking through now?

What represents your Egypt?

what deserts have you walked through in the past? remember how you struggled? remember the fear of perhaps not making it this time around?

I guess the real question is, are you going to trust God to lead you through this desert? If you can look back on your life and see His work, will you trust Him to lead you through your latest "desert" and out of your "Egypt?"

"Perhaps we are all in the position of the man in Morton Kelsey's story who came to the edge of an abyss. As he stood there, wondering what to do next, he was amazed to discover a tightrope stretched across the abyss. And slowly, surely, across the rope came an acrobat pushing before him a wheelbarrow with another performer in it. When they finally reached the safety of solid ground, the acrobat smiled at the man's amazement. 'Don't you think I can do it again?' he asked. And the man replied, 'Why yes, I certainly believe you can.'

The acrobat put his question again, and when the answer was the same, he pointed to the wheelbarrow and said, 'Good! Then get in and I will take you across.' What did the traveler do? This is just the question we have to ask ourselves about Jesus Christ. Do we state our belief in Him in no uncertain terms, even in finely articulated creeds, and then refuse to get into the wheelbarrow?" Brennan Manning The Ragamuffin Gospel visual edition

"..give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the Lord?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God." Proverbs 29:8b-9

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