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His Supply and Our Demands

His Supply and Our Demands
Learning To Be Content

And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan. Exodus 16:35 (NKJV)

When God chose to bring Moses to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from bondage, Moses protested and had little faith in accomplishing this great task, and rightfully so, because in his own abilities he could never accomplish what needed to be done.  Moses not only chose not to believe in God's abilities, but he was refusing to listen to God's instruction and to trust in Him completely.  

I think we can fall into this same temptation as well when we find ourselves facing huge tasks and overwhelming goals.  Some of these overwhelming goals can simply be to provide for our basic needs, such as the food and clothing for our families and ourselves.

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

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 needed provision began to flow from heaven daily.  One of these divine provisions was a food that would sustain the Israelites for 40 years - it was called manna (Ex.16:31).  

This manna would come down from heaven and it would settle upon the ground each morning just as the dew would 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 would respect the Sabbath and not do 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 and the times where they had abundance, and they soon were discontent with what God had provided.

As I look at these passages, I can clearly see a parallel today in our current economy as we too are being tested, and its not just with respect to our having food, it can be with respect to our homes, cars, money, or just about any possession.  There are many people who have had times of great abundance, and they may be finding themselves having just enough now.  For others, they see things slowing down, so they are putting their heads down and collecting as much as possible for their future.  

Q:    So what is our test?  What can we learn from what the Israelites experienced?

I believe we can be like Moses and doubt, and even refuse to listen.   Or, we can choose to believe in God's perfect plan (Jer. 29:11), and get out of His way and allow Him to lead us and to be our provider.  We will either become anxious by attempting to make our own plans to gather as much as we can get our hands upon, or we will learn to trust the Lord and rely upon Him for our manna, and this is a day-by-day reliance.

The second lesson we can learn from this story is that we can lose focus on the blessings that God has already given to us.  This can happen easily as we take our eyes off of God and begin to look at what others may possess.  It can also happen when we find ourselves looking back at our old life and desire the things we once had and begin to grumble, both in attitude and speech.

I want to encourage you today to take some time to thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon your life.  Let's learn from the history as recorded in the Word of God, because if we don't we will repeat the same mistakes. And isn't that the point of learning?

STUDY QUESTION: According to Exodus 16:4 what was God testing the Israelites for?

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?

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

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 my families' needs.  I love You and I trust You.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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