標 題： 試煉顯露你的內心
經 節： 你也要記念耶和華─你的神在曠野引導你這四十年，是要苦煉你，試驗你，要知道你心內如何，肯守祂的誡命不肯。祂苦煉你，任你饑餓，將你和你列祖所不認識的嗎哪賜給你吃，使你知道，人活著不是單靠食物，乃是靠耶和華口裡所出的一切話。（申命記八章2～3節）
Reveals Your Heart
you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years
in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart,
whether you would keep His commandments or not. “So He humbled you,
allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did
your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread
alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.
God allows us to suffer difficulties and
hardships for a purpose. God led the children of Israel to wander through the
wilderness for forty years in order to humble them and test them. When they
refused to obey Him and enter the Promised Land, the Israelites revealed that
they did not really know Him. If they had, they would have had more faith. God
spent the next forty years testing the hearts of His people to see if they were
prepared for His next assignment.
Testing reveals what is in your heart and
produces a robust faith (James 1:3, 12). God allowed His people to hunger so
they could experience His provision and develop a deeper level of trust in Him.
As the people walked with God they came to understand that their lives depended
upon His Word. They learned that God’s Word was the most important thing they
had. After depending on God for forty years while living in the desert, the
people listened when God spoke, and they believed. When they finally entered
the Promised Land and waged war against their enemies, the Israelites knew that
God’s word meant life and death. They were prepared to listen to Him, and as a
result He led them to an astounding victory.
Is God presently testing you in some area
of your life? What has His testing revealed? Have you become bitter toward God
because of where He has led you? Or have you come to trust Him more as a result
of what you have gone through?