This summer like weather that we have been having over the last week has totally thrown me off. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying it – as opposed to subzero temps and mounds of snow that I can barely walk through. I was just not prepared to put away the boots and sweaters, and start pulling out the summer dresses and flip flops. But at least I had stuff to pull out, meaning I don’t have to run out and go shopping for myself this season. Yet, my daughter cannot fit anything she wore this time last year – she was only 8 mos then, now she is 20 mos, big difference! Neither can she fit the shoes that she wore just a few months ago, so those need to be replaced too. Off to Babies R Us I go – who had a really good sale today by the way!
This experience reminded me of a passage I read in Deuteronomy a few days ago:
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. (Deuteronomy 8.1-5, NIV)
To me, this passage speaks a lot of God’s faithfulness and his ability to sustain and provide for his people. For 40 years, 40 years, the people of Israel didn’t have to worry about food, shelter, water, clothing or shoes, because God was their provision. They didn’t have to think about where there next meal was coming from, nor did they have to go through what I went through today – replacing stuff that was too small or had been worn out.
I must admit that there are times when I forget about God’s faithfulness. I get stuck in my situation and the things that are before me, and start to question whether or not I can trust God to come through. But like the Israelites, God has a proven track record of faithfulness and provision in my life so that I have no justifiable reason to doubt him. I just have to go back to his Word, and rehearse the countless times when he provided in ways that I did not even think was possible. He did it before, he will do it again!
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