All believers at least once in their lives will find themselves in the wilderness. The Lord uses the desolate places and times to show us that He is God, and we are dependent upon Him for everything. While the Lord provides for our needs, we are never to lose sight of all that we have, including our lives, is given to us to manage as His stewards. We own nothing; it all belongs to Him. “For the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains.” (1 Cor 10:26)
Problems come into our lives when we begin to think that we are owners instead of managers; when our pride puffs up and we begin to believe that what we possess is ours and has been given to us by the sweat of our brow. If we won’t humble ourselves before the Lord, He can and will use a “wilderness” to humble us, to help us to return to alignment under the covering He provides.
“You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord… Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.” (Deut 8:2-4, 6)
The Lord provides His covering for His believers by way of a relational covenant. If we are under His covering, we are keeping His commandments, and walking in the purpose of His kingdom. “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deut 7:9).
This morning I was encouraged to seek the Lord to ask where I need to relinquish my belief that I own anything, to humble myself and repent, and then take up the yoke of management, walking in the steps He guides me to take. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5) Perhaps you, too, need to seek His wisdom. I am convinced that they only way He guides us to the other side of the wilderness, is in humbling ourselves before Him and getting ourselves back under His alignment. I encourage you to listen to this podcast: The Purpose of Kingdom Stewardship.