Friday, May 16, 2008

God's Provision

I am reading through the Old Testament and the New Testament. I am in Joshua chapter 5 in the Old Testament. And I read something tonight that just jumped out at me from the pages of the Bible.

In Joshua 5:12 it says: "The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan."

To preface this verse, the Israelites had been in the desert for 40 years waiting for the Lord to allow them to enter the promised land (Canaan). And while they were in the dessert, God PROVIDED food for them to eat - Manna. They would wake up in the morning and have manna on the ground. And they were just to take enough to eat for that day. If they took more and tried to save it, God caused it to go bad. God is so amazing in His provision of this food. So many times, the Israelites had disobeyed the direct commands of God, and yet God in His Mercy, provided them food to eat.

The fact that "the manna stopped" showed that God had brought them into the land of Canaan, and He was once again, going to provide them the food/produce of the land. No longer did they have to eat manna.

I also see TRUST in this also...the Israelites had to TRUST that God would provide the manna every morning for them to eat. I love to see this picture of utter dependence on God. Without God, the Israelites wouldn't have eaten. God is an amazing, loving, merciful God. May I NEVER stop praising HIM for HIS provision in my life.


Nikki said...

It is soo awesome to read how God took care of his people. It reassures us that He will take care of us too, we only have to TRUST him to do so. Thanks for sharing this, Liz!

Brittney said...

THANKS LIZ! - We're meeting with Bro. Steve tomorrow! :)