In the desert, he fed you manna—something your ancestors had never seen. He tested you to make you humble so that everything would go well for you in the end. (DEUTERONOMY 8:16)

"And you must remember the entire trip that the Lord your God has led you through these 40 years in the desert. He was testing you. He wanted to make you humble. He wanted to know what is in your heart. He wanted to know if you would obey his commands. He humbled you and let you be hungry. Then he fed you with manna—something you did not know about before. It was something your ancestors had never seen. Why did the Lord do this? Because he wanted you to know that it is not just bread that keeps people alive. People’s lives depend on what the Lord says. These past 40 years, your clothes did not wear out, and your feet did not swell. You must remember that the Lord your God teaches and corrects you as a father teaches and corrects his son."

“You must obey the commands of the Lord your God. Follow him and respect him. The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with rivers and pools of water. Water flows out of the ground in the valleys and hills. It is a land with wheat and barley, grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates. It is a land with olive oil and honey. There you will have plenty of food and everything you need. It is a land where the rocks are iron. You can dig copper out of the hills. You will have all you want to eat. Then you will praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."  (Deuteronomy 8: 1-10)

Heavenly Father, thank you that the plans and promises you have for us are plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a bright future. Help us to consider the process and the pain, pure joy and rejoice during the trial knowing that the purpose shall be great.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.…
— James 1:2-4

So, Father, we cry out for your mercy, strength, presence and grace to endure triumphantly and to grow during our trials. Only You God can help us not to feel overwhelmed, depressed, defeated and wanting to die so we keep our eyes on you, Lord of Host, while we praise you during the storm. Lord, before we were afflicted we went astray and this trial has caused us to seek you more; confident that you hear our cry and shall deliver and redeem us from ALL our afflictions. Like Job, we say "As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last, He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh, I shall see God....  Though He slays me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless, I will argue my ways before Him. This also will be my salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence.…"

God you are actively watching over your word, ready to perform it. God, you promised that in the end, not just something but everything shall go well. God shall cause all things to work together for our good and His Glory. That's God's promise for us, who love Him and call on Him. Father, no word of God shall return void and unfulfilled. So Lord, we cry out to you to fulfill all the promises and prayers outstanding for us, your children.  Lord like Job, redeem us and bless us so that our latter days are greater and more prosperous than our former days. 

The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning, and he had 14000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.
— Job 42:12
See how blessed we consider those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen the outcome from the Lord. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
— James 5:11
Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him
— Genesis 26:12

As God blessed Job, Issac, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, Ruth, Abraham, and all the many other characters in the Bible, so shall He blessed you and me. We shall praise and glorify the name of the Lord God Almighty.  Our latter days shall indeed be greater and more glorious. Our future shall be brighter and more prosperous. We shall be healed and delivered from all diseases, being healthy and strong; rejoicing in the joy of His salvation. Our children and household shall be saved, blessed, provided for, protected, and well accomplished in their God directed-destiny. 

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5 )

 

So this trial yet uncomfortable is the tool He uses to grow us, working all thing together for our good - so that everything shall be well in the end!

We make all petitions and prayers in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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