As I continue my little journey down the memory lane in my home town, I am reminded of the many blessings I experienced through the years of my youth. Some of the memories are not as sweet or pleasant, there are things that still, today, bring to surface sadness or even a sense of hurt. It is not always easy to walk the path of the past experiences. Who we are today is a collection of all those experiences. I surely will want to always lavish in the joys of the past, but sometimes the harder experiences where my character was built might bring so much more comfort than the easy joyful times.
Of course, none of us desire the harder times, the Israelites did not either. And God made a point for them to remember the good and the bad. They are part of who we are, part of us, part of the blessings that God brings even when we do not see them as such.
I would encourage you to read the verses below and give thanks for all those time in your life when it seemed that things were working against you. Even in those times, God was near.
I pray that today can be one of those days when maybe walking a little bit through your past experiences will fill you with a sense of gladness, a sense of thankfulness knowing that God has never forsaken you all along,
Remember What the Lord Has Done
8 Make sure you obey every command I’m giving you today. Then you will live, and there will be many of you. You will enter the land and take it as your own. It’s the land the Lord promised to your people of long ago. 2 Remember how the Lordyour God led you all the way. He guided you in the desert for these 40 years. He wanted to take your pride away. He wanted to test you to know what was in your hearts. He wanted to see whether you would obey his commands. 3 He took your pride away. He let you go hungry. Then he gave you manna to eat. You and your parents had never even known anything about manna before. He tested you to teach you that man doesn’t live only on bread. He also lives on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothes didn’t wear out during these 40 years. Your feet didn’t swell. 5 Here is what I want you to know in your hearts. The Lord your God guides you, just as parents guide their children.