“‘And you saw in the wilderness how Jehovah your God carried you just as a man carries his son, everywhere you went until you came to this place.’ […] Who was going ahead of you on the way, to spy out a place for you to camp. He appeared by fire at night and by a cloud in the daytime to show you the way you should walk.”
During trying times, the future may appear to us like a dark, unknown wilderness.
It becomes much more difficult to discern what direction our life should take.
We need strong faith to trust that God will somehow provide us with all we need to sustain ourselves and our families (Ps. 37:25; Matt. 6:31).
A step in the wrong direction may set us back years financially or psychologically, or may even ruin our most intimate relationships.
Faith helps keep us cool-headed so that we do not rush toward the first available option or needlessly argue with our family, only to later regret it.
During their 40-year wandering, the Israelites lacked nothing (De. 2:7; 8:4).
Jehovah God visibly advised them of when to set up camp or when to move and in what direction.
Their leaders knew that they would some day arrive to the Promised Land if they kept following God’s guidance.
Nowadays, instead of fire or a cloud, we have God’s visible organization funneling spiritual ‘food at the proper time’ to his people all over the earth (Matt. 24:45).
This spiritual food that nurtures our faith now comes in a new video and audio platform: Tv.jw.org.
There, we can find sound entertainment to help develop our ‘power to distinguish right and wrong’ (Heb. 5:14).
A mature faith will help us recognize what direction God wants us to head next and act accordingly.
Thus we will not wander around so much and the time it takes to arrive at the “Promised Land” will seem shorter (Rev. 21:4).