These forty years in the wilderness!
(Arthur Pink, “Last Things Last”)
“You shall remember how the Lord your God has led you on the entire journey, these forty years in the wilderness–so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.” Deuteronomy 8:2
This verse calls for a solemn review of our life–how far we have redeemed the time, or to what extent we have trifled it away.
We should be humbled at the recollection of how frequently we grumbled–because His way was not the one we desired. We should judge ourselves unsparingly–because we so often lagged behind, and sought to turn aside into forbidden bypaths. We should ponder the amazing grace of God in condescending to lead us across this trackless desert; and think, too, of His infinite forbearance in continuing to lead us–who are so ungrateful and contrary.
We should praise Him for having kept us in the Narrow Way–which we would have certainly forsaken, had we been left to follow the bent of our own evil lusts. And we also should return fervent thanks–that we are now a year’s march nearer to our Heavenly Home.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
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