Trial is coming

“So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full—  then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage,” (Deuteronomy 6:10-12 NKJV).

Most people know about trial. What they don’t understand is that trial often comes when we are unprepared for it.

God warned Israel that when it entered the Promised Land, they would live in houses they had never built, eat produce from fields they had never planted, and drink from wells they had never dug. Such a situation would provide rest and comfort, which is an ideal time for trial to come.

Comfort is overrated. It is a circumstance that is all-too-expected by modern-day Americans. We’ve been comfortable for more than 200 years. We’ve grown accustomed to it. In fact, it’s probably true that we wouldn’t be satisfied with any less.

Such a circumstance gives the Devil an excellent place to wreak havoc. People do not expect difficulty when they’re comfortable. Comfort’s message is there is no danger. In comfort, there is no need to be alert, no need to be forewarned. In comfort, our defenses are down. We are susceptible.

In a commentary on Deuteronomy 6:10-12, Doug McIntosh wrote, “Moses warned Israel that the leading spiritual danger they would face on entering the (Promised) Land would be forgetting the Lord. What adversity could not do, prosperity and satisfaction could (my emphasis). The most critical threats to godly living come at the moment we think we have life by the throat.”[1]

The United States certainly believes it has “life by the throat.” God’s word tells us this is the time we should expect the trial to come. Yet, this nation lives in a desperate search for pleasure. Such is a recipe for disaster.

[1]Holman Old Testament Commentary: Deuteronomy,” p. 87 Max Anders, General Editor B&H Publishing Group.