The control of the food and the provision of it was God's and God's alone.
Deut. 8:2-3 All the commandments which I command you this day ye shall observe to do, that ye may live and multiply/ and go in and possess the land which the Lord swareunto your fathers And thou shalt remember all the ways which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whither thou would keep thy commandments, or no.
No matter where they traveled to those forty long years, the manna was always there, all they had to do was pick it up. He humbled them because they had nothing to do with it, it was all God. I think that is why salvation is so hard for people to understand, there is nothing you can do to earn it or to work for it. God's grace alone is the way to heaven, and that leave us (mankind) out of control. And don't we like to be in control!!
The same is true for our problems and concerns. He tells us that His yoke is easy, His burden light. Why shouldn't we give Him our worries, but when we do that, we are again out of control of the situation and that makes most of us feel uneasy. Where, but in God's hands should our concerns be left? He knows best and He also knows the best outcome, so in my way of thinking, leaving them in His capable hands is the best place for them.
I keep thinking on how they had to get out of their tent and gather the manna. If they stayed in the tent they would starve. How many of us want the preacher to hook us up to a spiritual IV and allow us to be fed that way. Well, that will sustain us, and we may live, but what kind of life is that? You can't taste nourishment from an IV, no one ever gets off an IV and craves to go back on. The word of God is so sweet when it is eaten from the Creators hand alone. When we experience that then it will be something to crave more enjoyable than a bowl of ice cream or popcorn ever was!
Oh Taste and See that the Lord is good, blesseth is the man that trusteth in HIM! (Psalms 34:8)
Friday, August 3, 2007