Apostle Grace Lubega
Exodus 13:17 (KJV); And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt.
There are trials in the life of a Christian which happen because of divine purpose. For example, Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness were divinely ordained before He could begin His earthly ministry.
There are also trials which a Christian will experience because he does not have the spiritual character to handle the ‘shorter route to the Promised Land’. This can be seen with the Israelites who spent forty years in the wilderness because had they used the shorter twelve-day route, they would have seen war and turned back to Egypt.
It is wisdom to be able to discern between trials by divine purpose for elevation in ministry and trials that arise because you are wanting in certain spiritual strengths.
The mistake some Christians make is to assume that a trial which arises because of lack of the spiritual character to handle the shortcut is in fact a trial that is after divine purpose like Jesus’ forty-day wilderness experience.
Such Christians have a tendency to treat their delays as “the will of God.” For example, if it is joblessness, this Christian will assume that the delay is because God is preparing them for a greater opportunity, yet in fact, it is because they have a very poor work ethic and are unfaithful in little things.
Discernment in these matters is important because it helps you know what you must do when you find yourself in a trial. It will enable you not to excuse your weaknesses but to learn with humility and diligence what you must do to shorten the experience.
FURTHER STUDY: Proverbs 14:8, Matthew 4:1
GOLDEN NUGGET: It is wisdom to be able to discern between trials by divine purpose for elevation in ministry and trials that arise because you are wanting in certain spiritual strengths.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I thank You for the spiritual maturity and understanding in me to know Your ways. I carry Your revelation and know that You do not need me to go through certain trials or that I do not need to go through them for a very long period of time. By this wisdom, I know what to do in every wilderness experience, in Jesus’ name, Amen.