God's Redemptive Power in the Wilderness

The "If....Then" Of God's Mercy
God's Redemptive Power in the Wilderness

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good. - Deuteronomy 8:1-5(NLT) 

Wilderness seasons are designed by God to humble us, test us, prove our character, and determine if we will truly obey Him. What we may lack for that period, God provides daily. It’s during those seasons that we learn to trust God for our provision and listen to His Voice intently. Thankfully, He preserves us and disciplines us until He brings us out. Once we’re out, He does what only He can do. He restores our time. That’s what He did for Joshua and Caleb because they remained faithful and that’s what He will do for you if you do the same. Never consider a wilderness season as a period that was wasted or lost because of missed opportunities. Those are priceless times for character building. You will come out of them and when you do you will better than you went in.  

When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring. So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers. Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life. - Job 42:10-17(NLT) 

Job’s life is a story of God’s redemptive power. After taking him through what seemed like hell on earth God made up for the lost time. He gave Job double all his possessions. God gave him more money, assets, and children than he had before. He also gave him the health and strength to enjoy it all for another one hundred and forty years. If you want the perfect example of how God redeems someone’s time, look at the life of Job. By some estimates, Job suffered for about a year but to him, we know it would have felt like a lifetime. In hindsight, what he went through for that short period pales in comparison to what God did for him after. Job didn’t just receive rewards on earth, but He continues to receive rewards in heaven.  

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