When We Think Egypt Was Better….!!!
Deuteronomy 8:2 “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.”
The story of Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years teaches us many lessons. Thousands of years later, even today their disobedience and unbelief in God stands as a warning for us. When the Egyptians tormented them in Egypt, God heard their cry and raised Moses to bring them out of Egypt. God had departed the Red Sea and made them walk on the dry land. But even after doing so many miracles in front of their eyes, when they are running out of food and water in the wilderness, they grumbled against God. Now, let us take a moment and think. ‘The God who performed mighty miracles to bring them out of Egypt, is He not aware of their hunger and thirst?’ The Bible says that He tested them in the wilderness. But is God unaware of what is in their hearts? Is it a surprise to Him? Definitely Not! The Word says, “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” By allowing certain discomforts, God wanted to build faith in their hearts, so that they would keep His commands and receive all the blessings. Yes, they are absolutely walking in the will of God, yet God allowed certain discomforts to humble and train them.
When we were praying so earnestly for a new apartment in a particular area, God miraculously opened an apartment and also He customized it according to our likes. When we moved into the house, it was so beautiful and more than what we asked for in prayer. We felt very happy and thanked God. Two days later, the dishwasher stopped working and found there are few other minor repairs in the house and the maintenance people are responding very late. It was very irritating and my immediate response was, “God, I had a good dishwasher in my previous apartment, why did you bring me here to struggle with this faulty one?” Then the Holy Spirit reminded me of the Israelites who grumbled for food and water. Instead of remembering the previous miracles and praying to God with faith for their present needs, they grumbled as soon as they faced a discomfort. I realized and repented for my attitude and started praising God. Later, we were given a brand new dishwasher because of that faulty one and all the other problems we had in the house slowly got cleared.
Walking in God’s will does not assure us a problem free life. Sometimes, He allows certain discomforts along with a blessing just to grab our attention towards Him. They humble us and make our roots grow more deeper in Him.
— Shabna Nikhil