Deut. 8:2 Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commands.
The Lord often leads us through the wilderness of life in order to test us and expose our true character. It is how we handle ourselves in adversity that reveals who we really are. Only those who will obey the Lord consistently through life’s difficulties will truly know who He is. It’s easy to trust the Lord when things are going well. However, when things are going bad for us, it’s far more difficult to trust in God’s goodness and provision.
It is important that we establish a rock solid trust in the Lord in the smooth times of life so that we won’t be thrown off balance in the rough times. We need to seize every opportunity we have to grow in faith while we can, because when tough times come we often don’t have the desire to pursue God. Anyone can follow the Lord when things are going well; it’s the tough times that separate those who really trust the Lord from those who don’t. If we are disciplined in our pursuit of God in the good times, we will carry on our discipline in the rough times.
Character is developed by committing ourselves to pursing a growing relationship with God. We must not allow ourselves to be satisfied with where we are at in Him. We will never stand the testing of our faith if we are not totally committed to the Lord. He who knows the Lord well in the light will not doubt him in the dark.
Tough times do come in life. Don’t let them throw you for a loop. Jesus is the same loving Lord in the dark as He is in the light. Develop a trust that will anchor your soul in Him regardless of life’s circumstances. Obey Him always and your soul will surely be blessed.