Life as a River
Do you really believe it?
Part 1 - by Jay Link
"All of us are quite familiar with the epic story of Israel’s 40 year wandering in the wilderness. Recently I reread this story – particularly noticing the part where God announces how He will feed His people. I find it quite fascinating that of all the unlimited ways that God could have chosen to feed His people, He opted for such an unusual way of doing it – manna. Here is the actual account:
Allow me to share with you the three simple, yet profound insights this story reveals in how God wants to be in relationship with His people. The first is:
However, if and when a time comes when we find ourselves running low or even worse running out of our provisions or we find our income “well” has suddenly stopped flowing, we can almost immediately find ourselves feeling anxious, stressed, worried and fearful about what is going to happen to us if we actually do run out?
I fear many of us may have unconsciously bought into the same lie my father repeatedly voiced to me growing up – that being, “God takes care of those who take care of themselves.” (Imagine my shock when I finally realized God never said this, Aesop did.) This oft repeated axiom couldn’t be further from the truth. But, tragically, for many of us, it has become our practical theology on life and provisions.
We functionally believe it is first and foremost up to us to make our way in the world. And if and when we can’t make it happen on our own, then (and often only then) will we look to God for a backup plan. This certainly was not God’s model for Israel in the wilderness. Nor does it fit the teaching of the New Testament. For the Israelites, God faithfully provided their food each day. All they had to do was just go out and pick it up.
Both Luke 12:22 and Matthew 6:25, the two great “do not worry” passages, reinforce this very same message. God will provide for you. You just seek Him and His Kingdom and He will take care of you. Peter further reinforces this security thinking in I Peter 5:7 when he reminds us, “Turn all your anxiety over to God because He cares for you.”
I think all of us would love to personally experience a miracle from God in our lives. The problem is none of us wants to be in a position to ever need one! God chose to put the children of Israel into a continual position to need and see one on a daily basis. Might this story give us insight into the position God wants to be in with all His people for all time – daily looking to Him to sustain their lives? Why do we so quickly and easily fail to trust God to lovingly and consistently provide for our needs?"
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