Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether though wouldest keep his commandments, or no. ~ Before Joseph’s dream came to pass, before David ruled as King, and before Jesus’ earthly ministry started, all three of these men went through times of trying and testing. If you read the account of each of their lives, you will find that each one had a purpose, a promise, and a dream but before these came to pass, each one of them was challenged and tried in their identity. Would they hold fast to who God said they were? Would they endure process or abort faith? We know through reading these accounts that each one of them held fast to what God said about them and each one was brought into the fullness of God’s plan for their lives.
When we read the account of Israel’s journey from a life dominated by slavery into the promised land, we see that there was a process, a trying of the heart that took place before they could enter in. God didn’t take them from slavery into the promised land without first taking them through the wilderness to try their hearts. It was God’s plan to bring them into the promised land in an 11 day journey but because of their unbelief it took them 40 years. God didn’t determine the length of time that it would take, the people did by their unbelief. They refused to hold fast to who God was and to who God said they were. They couldn’t let go of their past identity and their insecurities and fears to embrace who God said they were.
If we want to go forward and step into God’s perfect will for our lives, we must not only endure trials and testings, but we must come through them victoriously by believing what God says about us and placing our confidence in him. Before we come into new levels of glory, the devil will come to test us to see if we truly believe what God says about us. If we will hold fast to what God says and refuse to be moved, God will bring us into his purpose and plan. But if we refuse to believe what he says and refuse to hold fast to the promise, we will be like Israel was and will journey in a wilderness place much longer than God intended. Refuse to be moved! You are who God says you are!!