April 8, 2019

BREAD FROM HEAVEN

And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt.  Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.  And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.. 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.  And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt.  And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord; for He hears your complaints against the Lord. But what are we, that you complain against us?”  Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord.” (Exodus 16:1-8).

In any journey of life, there is always something one has to face, one hurdle to cross for us to get to our green pasture or our destination in life. The children of Israel are on their journey and the first obstacle was getting water that is suitable to drink, and when they cried to the Lord, the Lord led them to the solution of that problem. The second obstacle was shortage of food. Did God bring them here to starve them to death? He who asked them to go through the wilderness knew there were no kiosks on the way from where they could purchase food. Knowing the God of the universe to be Jehovah Jireh, that is, the Great Provider, they should have waited patiently on Him for this need. He had in many ways demonstrated His absolute power over the entire creation while He was dealing with the Egyptians. He purposely did all these signs and wonders so that the children of Israel could trust Him with all their heart, soul and mind. Unfortunately they seemed to have forgotten that they were delivered from the hand of the Egyptians with a strong and an outstretched hand of the Almighty. They also witnessed the opening of the Red Sea for them to walk on dry ground. Are all these not enough to make the children of Israel think of a more excellent way of bringing their requests to Moses instead of complaining against him, and wishing they should have been left to die in Egypt instead of facing hunger in the wilderness.

Many of us behave similarly when we face difficult situations in life. We tend to underestimate the power of the God who sees beyond what we can see and has the power to turn ANY situation around in a matter of seconds. Whenever we complain, what we are saying is that we are dissatisfied with what He is doing, and that He is less concerned with what we are going through. Do you know that He loves you more than you love yourself? Do you know that He has made provision for you before you even ask Him?  Jesus in His sermon on the Mount says” Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.(Matthew 6:31-34). Therefore if you start to worry about what your heavenly Father is in control of, it means you are a Gentile, that is, you are not one of His. A child of God should have absolute Trust in His Father and we have been given permission to ask Him ANYTHING we need, and the NEED will be met.

So the LORD met the needs of the children of Israel by sending food to them from heaven. As I said earlier, He knew they had to eat, and He had prepared food to be sent from Heaven, but He wanted them to ask without complaining. Wishing they had been left in Egypt to die  instead of bringing them to suffer hunger in the wilderness did not show that they appreciated what God did for them. We need to show appreciation to our God in what He has done in the past, and then let Him know we are waiting for more. He said we should ask until our joy is full. I pray that He will open heaven unto us and meet our every need in a miraculous way in Jesus Name,  Amen.Remain Blessed.

 

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