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Deuteronomy 8:1-4

“All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your forefathers. And 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. And 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. Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.”  NASB

Lately, it seems as if God’s followers have been led out into the desert once again, just like fifteen centuries before the birth of King Y’shua, and just like King Y’shua experienced Himself three decades or so after His birth. It is as if human beings are most susceptible to the Truth when they are at their lowest point, at the most humble and dehydrated time of their lives. Notice how the writer explains it clearly in the above passages where he discusses how everyone was led into the desert to become humbled in order that they might understand what was in their own hearts.

It certainly does appear that for at least the past forty years or so those of us who have attempted to follow God have ventured off into the wilderness where we have become exhausted, famished, thirsty and lost. However, in all that time we have not gone without at least the presence of Hope wrapped around us like a cloak, and though our feet are sore they have not failed.

I can only speak for myself of course, although I am inclined to think that I am not alone in saying that during my time in the desert I have learned quite clearly what is truly important. This Holiday Season will not go by as all the rest have done. Oh no, this Holiday Season, this time, I understand!

To give until I bleed (if necessary) has nothing what so ever to do with receiving, and yet it has everything to do with this Holiday Season! In fact, giving (not receiving) is the only thing this Holiday Season in about.


Filed under: King Y'shua, Lifestyle, Philosophy

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