"They were there to test Israel and see whether they would obey God's commands" (3:4)
I was so naïve when signing up for The Lord's Army, I came in thinking that life would turn around and all would be a bed of roses. Knowing ABBA is in control of everything, He was my guarantee behind my way of thinking.
In growing "in" Him, I have found, the bed of roses has its thorns. There are moments when it is consequences of our choices or just because we are walking through this world that it becomes not a bed, but a tangle of thorns, scratching and at times even tearing into our flesh, as we journey through this "bed" of life.
And sometimes, the thorns are there so we may help others climbing through their own thorns.
So, when we become focused on "self" and cry out that life isn't fair, we are drawn back to our Christ.
Through our ABBA's Word running through us as a living stream, showing us the "thorns" our Savior climbed through.
For each one of us.
His Word can quickly shut up our self-pity. His Word holds us accountable. It is continually showing us the "thorns" we are going through are really nothing compared to what our Savior endured. His Word also gives us hope. It gives us Wisdom and security knowing we are not traveling through this life alone. He surrounds each one of us - completely. He takes the brunt of the "thorns" and allows enough pain to test us.
The Lord not only preserves our temporal life, but maintains the spiritual life which He has given to believers. By afflictions we are proved, as silver in the fire. The troubles of the church will certainly end well. Through various conflicts and troubles, the slave of satan escapes from his yoke, and obtains joy and peace in believing: through much tribulation the believer must enter into The Kingdom of God. All for His Glory. All for Love. Pure Love.
For thou, O God, hast proved us: Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.(Psalm 66:10)