2 And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD…Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you.
We should know the blueprint of Christlikeness, the Law, is summarized into two commandments – to love God and to love your neighbor. That is the pre-destinating purpose of God to conform those whom He called to be like His Son. Rom 8:29.
So God ensures all things – both good and bad – to work for good as He disciplines us as true sons and not illegitimate children. Rom 8:28, Heb 12:3-11.
Like the Israelites going through the wilderness before going to the Promised Land, this life of ours is all about training in Christlikeness or Love. Such is the training in my humble opinion:
1. Personal storms or suffering are to train us in Love, Peace and Joy.
2. Our neighbor’s storms and suffering are to train us in Gentleness, Kindness and Goodness.
3. Tests and temptation (which God allows) are to train us in Patience, Faithfulness and Self Control.
Because true sons will live by EVERY word that comes from the mouth of God, they will bear the WHOLE fruit of the Spirit.