Food for ThoughtDeuteronomy 8:2 Patience
Food for Thought
An all-creatures.org Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Deuteronomy 8:2 Contemporary English Version

Donít forget how the Lord your God has led you through the desert for the past forty years. He wanted to find out if you were truly willing to obey him and depend on him,

In this season it seems that God is taking people through an obstacle course of faith.

This includes situations that bring intense pressure and unfamiliarity. It is frightening and causes us to dip into the arena of depression, anxiety and fear.  We are brain-fogged which makes it very difficult to think or rationalize.

In this time we will act out and react in ways we did not know we could or would.  Emotions that were buried deep and lay dormant for years, surface. We will hurt those we love and our patience seems barely noticeable.  

The time of waiting becomes relentless and each moment is a struggle to just survive the feelings of turmoil.   Because of our wounds, we avoid situations that look hurtful and let go of people who have hurt us.  These may be the very situations and people that God strategically set in place to bump against the very wounds we are trying not to deal with.  If we keep eliminating props that God wants to use in order to squeeze toxic emotions to the surface, then we will not deal with those specific feelings which delays the inevitable; later God will have to re-orchestrate it all over again in order to get those wounds dealt with and our souls healed.  

We are champions at hiding and pretending and keeping our wounds safely tucked inside as they pour toxins into our soul and keep us buried in the past or unhealed, hindering our future.  This is Satan's plan for us.  

We need to recognize that this is happening and it is a good thing and that if we continue to surrender it to God, we will get through this wilderness and pass the test and move into our anointing.  

This is the time where our lips must praise and thank God for what He is doing, though it is extremely painful and frustrating.

To give it all to God in every moment we experience this difficult time, builds our faith muscles.

We learn to depend on God like never before.  Depending on God means to let Him do what He needs to do to us and in us so that He can be healthy and strong vessels whom He can pour Himself through into others.  

God knows exactly what is needed to compel us to deal with our wounds and get the healing we so desire.   

Challenge:  Stop trying to control your circumstances.  God has a plan and the more you allow Him to organize your situation from beginning to end and choose to worship and thank Him in the pain, in the depression and in the turmoil.  We must stop fighting God.  

God bless

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.