“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.” (Deuteronomy 8:2, NIV).
Surviving in Unstable Times: What is the difference between a mountain climber and a marathon runner? Let’s consider their similarities: They are both goal setters and have vision, they depend on their physical abilities, they are risk takers and they know their destinations.
Right now, your target destination may not be visible. You may be uncertain of where you are going. You could be sure of the destination you are trying to get to but have no idea how you are going to get there. When you started, your movement was based upon unambiguous instructions that you were headed in the right direction. Right now, you feel like the children of Israel and have ended up in a desert place. You don’t know which direction to take. You don’t know where your next meal is coming from. You don’t know if water will be a mile ahead or 100 miles. Will today be the day you receive the phone call you have been waiting for? Are you suppose to relocate away from your comfort zone? Will the check come in time before you receive your eviction notice?
How do you survive or get to your destination in such an unstable time in your life?
“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.” (v.3)
Spiritual Manifestation: Perhaps your destination has changed? May be your destination is the same and your route has changed. One thing you know for sure is what you are going through, the things that you are experiencing. Since God has promised that his intent is not to harm you but to give you hope (Jer.29:11), why are you having to deal with the inconvenience of instability? Why must you go through all the barriers; the disappointments, the setbacks, the loneliness, the WAIT? Did God allow you to come to this point only to leave you helpless? Certainly, not. Even during unstable times, we have to remember the example of the desert experience. Israel knew their destination, but when times became unstable, they started to doubt their destiny and God’s promises. God humbled them so that they would not forget him. We tend to depend on our flesh to get us through unstable times, but God wants us to depend on him.
A climber and a runner both know what their destinations are. They endure the unstable times because they are motivated by what they see in front of them. The difference is the proximity in which they can see their destinations. A runner normally can always see the finish line, but has to persevere to get there. A climber takes a greater risk. He sees his destination before he starts climbing, but once he starts to climb, he can’t see the top until he reaches it. He has to endure moments of not knowing if he is getting closer, taking the right step in the right direction or if he will make a wrong move and fall. The Christian journey involves a climber and a runner. But the difference between us and them, our destination is certain because if we trust God he will not allow us to fall and will give us strength to get there, even in unstable times!
it’s manifestation time!
Evangelist Shulanda J. Hastings