Hebrews 11 (From Bible Gateway)
Sometimes it can feel very lonely in this world. We go through things that challenge us on a spiritual level. People let us down and we disappoint ourselves too. This world is a temporary place and no one can escape that reality. We will only truly understand the afterlife, after our earthly life ends. The times that I have struggled the most have brought me back to the scriptures. There are so many stories about people like you and me navigating life in wonderful and terrible circumstances. Paul makes a great statement when he says, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
I’m reading through Exodus right now and I find it comforting that God guided the Israelites through the desert.
“21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” Exodus 13:21-22
God also gave the people food to eat and water from a rock. He made sure that their basic needs were met because he knew that was very important. When I’m feeling lonely it helps me to remember that God doesn’t forget about our needs.
When looking at Exodus 23:20-30, it is clear that God blesses us but he is responsible with his blessings. He knew the Israelites could not handle all of the blessings in the land because it would overwhelm them. Instead, he gave it to them little by little because he knew that was the best thing for his people.