This morning I was pondering about the daily manna that fell to feed the Israelites and was reminded they had no refrigeration nor storage so it needed to be eaten that day. It occurred to me that I need to turn to God daily for spiritual food because when I don’t, it is easy to become complacent and think I can do it on my own. Exodus 16:16 reads “This is what the Lord has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.'” Looking up in the dictionary the definition of “omer”, I discovered it was the Hebrew word meaning over five pints which I consider quite a bit.
Not only were they fed, but with plenty. There is never a lack of Good when we are depending upon God for our supply.
As I was reading II Kings 25:30 which states “And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life”, I was reminded of the Lord’s Prayer. In it, it reads “Give us this day our daily bread;”. Aren’t these saying that God sees to it that our daily needs are filled.? When I begin my day knowing that this is always true, my imagined load seems so much lighter. I claim this Truth for me today.
As I sit at my desk this morning, studying my Bible lesson and praying, there is a nagging doubt whether or not my prayer will be answered. Immediately, I realize this thought is not from God! The raising of Lazarus is in the lesson and I read where Mary was doubtful that anything could be done for her brother who had been pronounced dead four days earlier. But Jesus ignored this lack of faith and as John 11:41-44 states, ” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto the, Loose him, and let him go.” Even Mary’s lack of faith could not hinder the Christ. Lazarus was still raised up.
My daily prayer is for more grace and discernment and is done in steps, not overnight. I will be gentle with myself as I grow spiritually daily.
My daily prayer is not only to understand God more but, also my relationship to Him. This keeps me more and more grounded and become less reactive to human situations, but able to respond to them. Ephesians 2:10 reads, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
The step following admitting that “God is All” is to cease humanly outlining. Today I will graciously watch with joy God’s unfolding! That way I am never disappointed!
Peace is given to us daily and is the natural order of things, rather than the chaotic picture the world would paint. As we learn to turn more and more to God and our inward thoughts are calmed, we can hear the small, clear voice within.
John 14:27 reads, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”