Verse for Today: Monday, November 05, 2012
Joshua 5:12 – The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan.
God’s provisions for His children are progressive at varying times. For some years He provided them with manna because they were on a pilgrimage and had no time to settle for a season to cultivate. But when they reached the land of Canaan, He expected them to stay in the land and work to produce crops for their livelihood. It is interesting to see that both manna and the crops in Canaan came because of the benevolence of God. He taught His children that unless He performs the miracle of increase, their seeds would not germinate to give them fruit of their labor. He gave them the land to cultivate, provided water for the crops to grow and yield from the land they chose to plant. He gave them the strength to till the land and plant. He also gave them the patience to wait for the harvest. Ultimately God taught the Israelites that all their provisions come from Him and because of Him through the miracles that He performs in creation for the sustenance of His children. Thus God helped them to learn the principle of progressive provisions for His children for which they ought to depend on Him. He also wanted them to live with grateful hearts for all that He gives them on a daily basis. Today He teaches His children everywhere to acknowledge that He is their provider no matter where they are at any particular time. So we ought to depend on Him and not on our technology or knowledge for all good things to flow to us. He uses seasons and times to teach His children total dependence on Him for all their needs.
Dear reader, are you a needy person today in the physical, social, mental and spiritual spheres of life? Have you reached the bottom of your flour and oil jars like that of the Samaritan widow during the time Prophet Elisha? Is there not anything left for the next meal or for the next need to meet? You might be crying out of anxiety because you do not know from where the resources would come. But your Lord knows from where provisions would come because He has sent them to you. He is your provider and sustainer. He uses different means to sustain you at different times as He did for the people of Israel. Whether the provisions come at the split second or through a season of toil in the land, it all comes from the Lord and through His benevolence. But he wants you today to depend on Him for your every need. Long before you realize your need, your Lord knew everything about it. He has been working behind the scene to provide for you in unusual ways. His provisions will come at the right time and often at the brink of time. He is teaching you to depend on Him and leave it with Him to work out. Sometimes it is your privilege to pick up ready made provisions. At other times He opens the right avenues for you to work for it with His strength and reap the results of your toil through the principles He has established in creation. Your Lord would not let you wander hungry like an orphan. He leads you today like sheep among His flock with water, food and other necessities so that you would be a satisfied and grateful sheep of His pasture. He will give you courage, boldness and faith to trust Him for all your needs. It will cause you to testify to His faithfulness today and in the days to come.
Psalms 145:15 – The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time.
Thought for Today
God meets His children’s varying needs through mysterious and progressive means at all the time.
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