Empowered Devotional Series
Wednesday November 29, 2023
Scripture: Exodus 16 17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed. 19 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” 20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.
Meditation: Our walk is a walk of faith yesterday, today and forever; not just believing God for what He has already done, but for what God is doing for us today and what God will do in response to our faith tomorrow.
– Brothers and sisters in Christ, this truth is perhaps the most crucial to our victory and our testimony. It is one thing to say you believe that Jesus has saved you from your sin, quite another to say that you are believing that He will provide for your needs whether they be physical, mental, emotional, relational, vocational or even financial.
– The life of faith is just that, being sure of what you hope for and certain of what is not visible! The people of Israel were given a great gift, the gift of Manna from heaven as well as the gift of being schooled daily in the discipline of faith! Is faith really a discipline? You tell me. Trust me when I say, faith is not easy. Exercising faith can and will test you to the uttermost. The question, “Am I actually willing to believe that God will provide for this need?”, is perhaps the most challenging question of all!
– The Apostle Paul wrote, Phil. 4: 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” and he wrote that message from his jail cell. Now allow that Word of truth to marinate for a minute. We struggle with this as we do Psalm 103 that says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases”. That statement is the truth and yet not all are healed anymore so than Paul’s message from God should mean his immediate release from prison! God has a plan and purpose in everything we experience and our experience does not negate the truth of God’s Word! John 3: 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”, simply meaning the flesh is temporal and the Spirit eternal, so we do not allow the temporal to obscure our blessed and eternal hope! Jesus also told His disciples, Lk 21: 16 … they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost.” Can you see the seeming inherent dichotomy? Flesh/Spirit. Like Israel going out and picking the manna afresh and anew every morning and being prohibited from trying to save some for the next day, so too are we to trust in the Lord afresh and anew each day, believing that the Lord will provide for tomorrow. And like Israel, when we fail to trust in God, all our efforts apart from faith quickly putrefy.