How many times does the Lord provide for me in my life and I respond to Him like the Israelite's, who when they were hungry and thirsty did not appreciate what was provided, but complained wanting what they once had had? What they had was not a good thing. Pharaoh was very controlling, and mean.
What makes us not appreciate the
blessing of the Lord so much? He cares for, and provides all that we have
need of. "And my God shall
supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians
4:19). According to His riches... His ways are so much better than
ours. We can learn so much from His Word! We have the privilege of
seeing what the Israelite's couldn't. They had to go through it, we can
look at it and say "they should have done this" or "they should
have not done that". We do not have the same advantage with our own
lives. We have to go through it, we don't see the end. I could lie and say that I have never
complained about the provision of the Lord when it was not exactly what I
desired, but sadly, I have. God is the only one that can see, and knows
our life from the beginning to the end. "Your eyes saw my substance,
being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned
for me, When as yet there were none of them" (Psalm 139:16). God has plans
for our lives beyond what we can comprehend. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope
and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). His plans are better than ours
always. His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our
thoughts. I am very thankful for this. I would much rather the
Almighty Creator of the Universe be in control of my life. "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My
ways' says the LORD. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So
are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts'"
(Isaiah 55: 8-9). As He did
with the Israelite's; He also provides all that I need. Life does not look like I had envisioned it years
ago. It is much different than I ever imagined it would be. And I am
going to say, even though there are struggles, it is better than I ever imagined!
I am so thankful to the Lord for His presence, His provision, and His concern in and for my life.
all the truths in His Word, I often wonder how I can possibly ever question His
provisions! Shameful! I can sit here and read Exodus and learn all
about the foolish choices, and thoughts of them, and the anger that Moses had
when he got fed up with them complaining, (in which, he was complaining also), but I
am right there with them so often.
God, please help me to open my eyes to the glorious provisions You provide for
me daily. The fact that You call me Your own should be enough for
me. Thank You. In Jesus Name, Amen
Saturday, November 16, 2013
November 16, 2013
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
When we are weakened, and do not know what to pray, He prays for us! “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
Are you anxious? “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6). Are you in need of healing? “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14). Are you tempted? “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Are you suffering? “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms”. Pray for others. “Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,” (2 Thessalonians 1:11).
Clearly, it is important to God that we pray, since it is mentioned so many times in His word and: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be Holy God, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Jesus, who makes it even possible for me to approach Your throne of grace. Thank You that You hear me when I call. In Jesus Name, Amen. , thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3: 16).