“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” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
God has a purpose in everything. There is a blessing after every suffering and there is greatness after every tribulation. After the Cross there is a throne. All those who suffer along with Christ will get glorified with Him.
Dear children of God, man shall not survive by bread alone, but by every Word of God. You should clearly understand that “The just shall live by faith.” God may guide you in the path of tribulation but the purpose is that you should know the depth and power of the Scripture. After this process, He establishes you to be knowledgeable in Christ.
The Scripture says, “For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10). Behind every Marah, there is an Elim. There are twelve wells of water and seventy date palms in it. Behind every wilderness there is a Canaan where milk and honey flow. Behind every tribulation there is a blessing of God. God changes you to his image. He transforms you.
One pastor said, “I was very naughty when I was a boy. Once my father beat me with a stick mercilessly which caused lot of wounds all over the body, I went to bed in the night. My father was very sad over what had happened. He came near me, put oil in my wounds, kissed me and prayed for me with tears. My father’s love touched me, made me repent for my behaviour and thereafter I became a good boy. From then on, my father showed further more love towards me.”
Your heart becomes sorrowful when God takes you in the path of sufferings and tribulation. You begin to cry saying, “Why such things happen to me? Why all these tribulation happen to me alone?” But, your loving father never punishes or humbles you purposelessly.
The Scripture says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28). Dear children of God, when you show love towards God, He will bless you by turning everything to be good in your life.
To meditate: “Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock” (Deuteronomy 8:15).