Friday Night Devotional by David Chow, 1/15/2016
After God frees Israel from Egypt, 40 years of wandering in the wilderness ensue while on their way to the Promised Land of milk and honey. Not long after their journey begins, Israel questions God’s wisdom in bringing them out of their enemy’s captivity, for in Egypt they at least had meat and bread, but now God’s people suffer from hunger. God graciously commands bread to rain from heaven and enough for each day is provided. No more and no less. (Exodus 6)
Unfortunately, Israel grows tired of bread and complains, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.” (Numbers 11)
Can you recall a similar scenario where a change in situation is seemingly worse than you anticipated? Perhaps a change in your major? New relationship status? Additional work responsibility? You hope for something better, but the anticipated reward is delayed or non-existent.
God details why he did what he did with Israel. He explains,
“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna… that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8)
So what about you? Have you started 2016 depending on your own strength and abilities, or by God’s alone? Are you dissatisfied with the circumstances, or do you rejoice in His sovereign plan and provision? Do you strive to obey God’s commandments even in discomfort? In what ways do you need to live by every word of God?
Only Jesus can satisfy. For He said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6)