Not by bread alone

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““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.” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3, NASB95)

The wilderness, a very unexpected path.  I have heard followers of Christ say that they are ready to sell all, lose all, forego all, to follow.  It seems so romantic, the passion and commitment of it all.  I have said the same.  Much the same those who sign up to die for their country.  How many expect that they will indeed be the one to die?  How many expect to give all and receive…the wilderness.

Of course, the expectation is not that the Lord would lead you right into the wilderness, into obscurity, into barrenness.  Surely, there must have been a wrong turn…somewhere.  This could not be it.  Surrounded by rocks, no milk, no honey.

“You have been forsaken and forgotten!”

“You were mistaken!”

“Why don’t you just do something?”

“Why don’t you just give up?”

“You wait in vain!”

– the summary of the voice echoing through so many, in both solitary silence and the roaring cruel wind of the crowd.

But it is not the voice that I heed.  There is another that my ears have attuned.

“This is my son, in whom I am well pleased.”

And it is enough to follow my Father home.  More than enough.