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This Week We're Looking at Manna
I have always been a planner. Among a group of friends, I’m probably the one with the schedule trying to keep everything on track. While planning isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, for me, it stems from the fear of not having enough. If I don’t plan, things might not work out and if they don’t work out, I might miss out on something I need.
"When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, 'What is it?' For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, 'It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.'" Exodus 16:15
It was nothing like what they were used to in Egypt but it was still God’s provision.
I’ll be honest, when my world has been shaken up like theirs was, I’ve felt the same way. Still, God has faithfully provided.
God often takes us through uncertain seasons like these so that we learn to trust that we are safe and secure in His hands.
It is important to look to God as our source. Whether our life situation is stable or unpredictable, it is God Who ultimately provides for us. Sometimes, in seasons of stability, we trust more in our provision than we trust in the Provider. No matter where we are in life, God wants us to recognize that all good gifts come from Him.
Eventually, Israel entered into the stable land of Canaan:
"The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan." Exodus 16:35
But even in Canaan, they needed to remember that God was their provider.
"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." Deuteronomy 8:3
Material provision isn’t enough. Those things are important but ultimately, we need the Lord. We need His direction and guidance.
We lack nothing with God. Sure, we’ll walk through shaky, confusing, and uncertain seasons but if He is with us, we have everything we need.
"You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst." Nehemiah 9:20
God does not withhold good gifts from us. There were times I had no idea where my next freelance job would come from. But, God always opened a door at the right time. I’ve learned to trust that He knows exactly what He’s doing. Right now, I’m back at a place that feels shaky and confusing. But, I trust that God has a plan.
If you are in a hard season right now, trust that God is with you. If you are in a stable season, remember that all of your provision comes from God and not yourself. Regardless of where we are, may we recognize that He Himself is our daily bread and if we abide in Him, we will lack nothing.
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