“And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.”
This is the easy part, isn’t it? To bless the Lord when He brings you into the good land He has purposed for you. To bless Him when our bellies are full, our longings are satisfied, and our eyes are beholding a beautiful life of promise and happiness.
But what about the moments when we aren’t there yet? The times when our hearts ache with unfulfilled desires or with the pain of loss or betrayal? The times when it seems like everything is out of reach? Or simply the seasons of weariness, when we feel stuck in a place we didn’t plan for? Whatever our wilderness looks like, what is our response to the God of Heaven who has declared that all of this is in His hand? I pray that it is still to bless His name. To trust Him enough that we still bless the God who loves us and remember this God “who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end” (Deuteronomy 8:16).
As difficult as our road can be, our God is always faithful. He will provide us with exactly what we need. The Israelites didn’t know what manna was before they went into the wilderness. They had no idea how the Lord would provide them with food. He came through for them, giving them exactly what was needed for the day, and He did so in a way that they never would have expected. That’s what He does for us. He knows our heart. He knows our needs. Practical, emotional, spiritual needs—He is personally aware of them all, and He is working to provide perfectly. Even if we can’t see where it will come from, He will come through for us, and it will likely be in a way that can only be attributed to a holy, sovereign God who looks after His own.
Our faithful God has purposes here. He is shaping our character. He is getting rid of everything in us that doesn’t honor Him. Pride, self-sufficiency, impurity, lack of faith—whatever it is that we are clinging to and living in that does not bring Him glory, whatever is hindering our trust and our joy, God is working on it. He is fighting for us. Fighting for our good, for our joy, for the peace that floods our soul as we rest in Him. He is strengthening us both for and through this path that we’re walking. So walking with Christ we will make it through the wilderness, and we will come out on the other side prepared for the purposes God has for us there.
He is bringing us into a good land, filled with His glory and the joy that can only be found in Him. So let us fix our eyes on Him and walk faithfully, believing all that He says about who He is and what He does for us. He will not fail, and He will never let you down.