Remember – Part I

Everyone is going through a hard time in their life,

            Or they have just come out of a hard time,

                        Or they will soon be in one.

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Why is life always so difficult? Our own sin brings many troubles our way. Satan also is a powerful source of life’s disasters. But look closely at what God’s word says. “…to humble and test you in order to know what is in your heart…” (Deut. 8:2 see below)

Why would God do such a thing? God’s word once again says, “to teach you that people do not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut. 8:3)

God uses hard times to humble us, to draw us closer to Him and to help us recognize His sovereignty.

If we read carefully, we see that this comes with a promise. “…so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised…” This is not only for the ancient Israelites, but also for us. God has a “land” for us as well.

This promise also comes with responsibility. “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God…”

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He goes on to say, “Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God,…”

It all boils down to this –

Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:4)

Which stage are you in right now?

  1. Are you in the midst of difficulties? Then Remember God, Turn to Him, and Trust Him.
  2. Have you just come out of trying times? Then Thank God, Delight in Him.
  3. In between hard times, enjoying some calm and rest in life? Then Follow Him. Be humble. Remember.

Deuteronomy 8

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.

Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God,…”

Psalm 37

3Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.


Savor Autumn

A crisp Autumn day walking through the colorful leaves in Black River State Forest in southwest Wisconsin. Praise the Lord, all the earth!

The Castle Mounds Nature Trail is full of intricate sandstone formations and vibrant trees standing side by side.

Nature is dressed up in her finest ensemble of the year.

The sights, sounds and smells of the fall-time forest are not to be missed.

Have you taken time to savor the Autumn? Where are the colors changing in your neck of the woods?