Sometimes, I wonder if I ever learn anything.
I mean, it seems like God has been harping on the same lesson over and over again in my life. It isn’t easy and hasn’t been pleasant. I am really tiring of it. I apparently do need to be hit over the head many many times in order to understand (and have my behavior and life show that I understand) certain things.
Here are some Scripture passages that I have read to try to help me learn:
And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. – Deut 8:2
Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. – Deut 8:4 (If I had been an Israelite, I probably would have whined, “But I wanted new clothes. Who wants to keep wearing the same old thing?”)
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” –Ps 91
Encouraging words if I can just learn to really really believe them. I am not very patient. I have trouble holding on to the end to see how it will all work out. I whine and complain. I am worse than a pesky child. But God is promising to work out everything for my good and for His pleasure. I need to hold on to this. I need to learn it.