Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Lesson on Faith and God's Provision

"...they tested the LORD, saying, 'Is the LORD among us or not?'"
Exodus 17:7

Of course the Lord was with them. They but had to remember that they use to be slaved in Egypt; that they walked through the Red Sea; that God gave them water at Marah; that He provided manna every day so they would not die.

All they had to do was remember, and they would see the Lord was with them. Instead, they lived in the present, forgetting what God did for them. They wanted their needs met NOW, but God wanted them to learn to trust Him. He had not yet put them in circumstances that He did not deliver them from. But they were too focused on themselves to remember that.

May the Lord help us also, lest we forget all that He has done. God doesn’t overlap His provision: ——
He separates them: ——— ____
In this, at the end of the first provision, He is testing us, to see if we will question Him or trust Him. If we walk in His presence, this separation of provision will keep us trusting Him, dependent on Him for our lives, glorifying Him.

Written March 5, 2005

1 comment:

Andrea said...

All they had to do was remember...Instead, they lived in the present, forgetting what God did for them...

I needed to hear that. It's often easy to forget God's faithfulness in the past when faced with a discouraging time or trial in the present. We want our needs met NOW, while God wants us to learn to know Himself during those hard times. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from John Bunyon's Pilgrim's Progress. "Our only fear for the future is forgetting how God hath led us in the past." Thank you for the timely reminder!