The Ten Trials - Christian Daily Devotions

The Ten Trials - Verse of the Day :
Remember! Do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.
-Deuteronomy 9:7

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : John 5

Evening : Deuteronomy 9-10

The Ten Trials

There were ten trials in the wilderness, and the Israelites failed them all. After they failed the 10th test at Kadesh Barnea, the Lord said, "They have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice" (Num. 14:22). Here are the ten trials:

(1) Murmuring against God. The Israelites accused God of deceiving them into a trap so that the Egyptians could kill them. There is always a tendency to blame God in the midst of crises.

(2) Bitter water at Marah. The Israelites murmured at the bitter water. Every believer will be tired by bitter experiences and disappointments.

(3) Hunger. This represents economic times of testing. We will all experience times of shortages and lack during which our faith in God will be tested.

(4) Gluttony. By taking more manna than they needed for the day, the Israelites willfully disobeyed the Lord. Those who took little had no lack but those who took much was deprived.

(5) Thirst at Rephidim. Thirst speaks of dry and boring experiences. The Israelites murmured and complaint again.

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(6) Idolatry of the gold calf. Inordinate desires and lusts must be conquered. Anything that replaces our reliance upon God is idolatry.

(7) Complaining about misfortunes at Tabera. Complaining about adverse circumstances doesn't help us find favour with God.

(8) Unthankfulness. The appetites of the Israelites were not consecrated to God. They detested God's provision of manna and gorged themselves with quail.

(9) Criticism of leadership. Aaron and Miriam criticized Moses, the man who saw the face of God.

(10) Unbelief at Kadesh Barnea. The Israelites were right at the border of the Promised Land. The 10 spies all agreed that it was a good land, but that the enemies were too great. They infected the whole congregation with fear and unbelief. They had failed the 10th and most important test. Finally, God said, "You will not enter in."

No teacher ever creates a test for the purpose of trying to fail the student. Every test should be a stepping stone for greater glory. Instead, Israel made each of their tests a stumbling block into defeat.

The Holy Spirit was always around to show God strong on their behalf whenever they were met with difficulties. But they didn't lean on Him. Let's remember the Scriptural exhortation: "Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion" (Heb. 3:15).

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