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Content In His Provision
2/21/2017

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 1 Timothy 6:8 (NKJV)

When God chose to use Moses to deliver the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt, he protested and had little faith in accomplishing this great task.  Even though he was right in assessing his own inabilities, apart from God’s provision and help, he still made the mistake of refusing to listen to God’s instruction, and to trust in Him completely. 

When Moses finally conceded to get out of God’s way and to allow God to work His miracles in whatever manner He chose, then every provision needed began to flow from heaven daily.  One of these divine provisions was a food called Manna—it was a food used to sustain the Israelites for forty years (Ex. 16:31). 

This manna would come down from heaven, and it would settle upon the ground each morning, just as the dew would settle upon the grass.  The Israelites were instructed to gather this manna up each morning. After gathering this white substance from the ground, the people would often ground it up in a hand mill and cook it, or fashion it into cakes.

God had also given very clear instructions forbidding them to gather extra manna for others, or from attempting to store up additional amounts for any day other than the present day.  In fact, if they tried to do so—and they did—it would simply rot after one day and be filled with maggots.  The only exception to this was on Saturday.  On this day, they were to gather enough for two days, so they could respect the Sabbath and keep from doing any work on this day.  God had given Moses this command because He simply wanted to test the people to see if they would obey.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. Exodus 16:4 (NKJV)

Unfortunately, after some time, the people stopped being thankful for God’s provision and started to grumble against God—they started to think about their past times where they had abundance, and they soon were discontent with what God had provided.  

I think we can tend to do this at times in our life as well—we can look to the past and find ourselves discontent with the present.  We can be like the Israelites in doubting God’s perfect provision, and we can even find ourselves attempting to gather more than what we actually need.

Q: So what can we learn from what the Israelites experienced?

We need to look to God for every provision for our lives.  We need to trust in this provision, even when it doesn’t come in the amount or in the time frame we desire.  We need to choose to be content in what He has provided, and praise Him for everything we have. 

I want to encourage you today to take some time to acknowledge and thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon your life.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Timothy 6:8 what should we be content with?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself grumbling about what you don’t have when times get tough?  Are you willing to depend upon God for everything today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Seek God for all of your needs and acknowledge what He has done, and is doing in your life today.  Give praise to the Lord… Hallelujah

PRAYER: Father, I want to acknowledge the many things You have done in my life.  Thank You for all provision Lord.  I seek You today and ask for Your leading and provision for our family needs.  I love You and I trust You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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