Posts Tagged ‘disobedience’

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Read: Deuteronomy 8

If there is any such thing as a universal question, it may be this: Are we there yet? Generations of children have asked this. They have then grown into adults who have to answer the same question when their children ask.

Whenever I read the books of Moses, I wonder how many times he heard that question from the Israelites. Before rescuing them from slavery and leading them out of Egypt, Moses told them that the Lord would lead them to “A land flowing with milk and honey” (Ex. 3:8). He did, but first they spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness.  This was no ordinary wondering, however.

They were not lost; they were wandering for a purpose. After 400 years of slavery, the children of Israel needed to have their hearts, souls and minds reoriented toward God.  This was accomplished in wilderness (Deut. 8:2,15-18), but not before the entire generation died because of their disobedience (Num. 32:13).

In life, it sometimes seems as if we are wandering in circles.  We feel lost. We want to ask God, “Are we there yet? How much longer?” At such times it helps to remember that the journey, not just the destination, is important to God.  He use it to humble us, to test us, and show us what is in our hearts. – Julie Ackerman Link.

All God’s testing have a purpose- Someday you will see the light; All the He asks is that you trust Him, Walk by faith and not by sight. – Zoller

It’s the journey, not just the destination, that’s important.

 

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 9 March 2013] 

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Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning”.  Exodus 16:19

ImageHave you ever seen God do something really good in your life only to find that you have abused the blessing He gave you? Such was the case of the Israelites as they were traveling through the desert on their way to the Promised Land.  God was providing for them in miraculous ways.  Manna was provided each day as their bread.  God gave Moses specific instructions as to how this manna was to be eaten.  God said each one was to gather only what he needed for that day.  No one was to keep it until the next morning.

“However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell.  So Moses was so angry with them” (Ex. 16:20).  God was teaching the Israelites daily trust in His provision for them.  He wanted them to trust Him one day at a time. If they tried to hoard, God put a self-destruct feature in the manna.  Yet God also told them to gather two days’ worth on the sixth day so that they would have manna to eat on the seventh day.  Interestingly, this manna did not stink or have maggots.

For many years I gathered manna in business out of fear of not having enough.  One day, the Lord decided that manna should be destroyed in order for me to learn total trust in His provision.  When we operate out of fear, we can expect the Lord to lovingly discipline us in order to help us learn to trust Him.  There is a danger when we seek to “insure ourselves” against calamity. If your actions are born from fear, you can expect God to demonstrate His loving reproof so that you might not live in fear.

[Source: Os Hillman, Today God is First (4minute meditations on the more important things in life)]