Monday, November 16, 2015

Supplying Need

Psalm 78:19-39

19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Psalm 78 is one of the historical Psalms...a reminder of the goodness of God specifically to the Children of Israel, but also to us.
The exert above highlights how the nation of Israel was fed from Heaven while in the wilderness.  There were no crops, but they were full, every day.  No rivers, but they had fresh water.  They had quail and bread.  And when they came into the promised land, the manna didn't cease until they had corn to eat.

As children of God, we can sometimes confuse wants with needs.  We can be blinded by lust for things we don't need, that, in fact, would do us harm to have them.  

Today, remember that God LOVES you.  He's not in love with the praise we bring;  He doesn't love our adoration of Him...He loves us.  It's personal.  We come up short, and He loves us.  We refuse Him, and He loves us. From the beginning, before we were known, He loved us.  His love doesn't stop.

And anyone who loves us always wants the best for us.  Whatever has interfered with that realization, its time to step past it.  It's a lie.  God does not want to see our destruction.  What He wants is our restoration in full relationship with Him, through our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Today, breathe deep and accept the Father's love.  Every need met.  Every prayer answered.  Every step ordered. Every loss comforted. All things working together for good.  

No matter what, the Father loves us.  

Philippians 4:19

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Whatever you need.

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