God sent Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. But, they grumbled about leaving slavery. He promised them a land of milk and honey. When they were hungry, he provided them manna. All they had to do was go out and collect it every day. Only enough for the day because it would spoil before the next day. They were thankful for the manna… until they weren’t.
They got tired of collecting it every day. So they grumbled and complained. Out of their faith he provided and he continued to do so through their grumbling. They wanted to go back into slavery where they received fine food. God still provided.
It may not always be what we want, but God always provides what we need. When they finally turned back to God after 40 years of wandering in the desert, God took them into the Promised Land.
After they celebrated the Passover, they ate some of the produce from the land. The day after that the manna stopped. But God hadn’t failed to provide. They ate the produce from Canaan. God continued to provide, he was just providing something new. They no longer needed the manna.
When we can’t do something for ourselves, God provides a miracle. But ministry is what we are able to do. We take the skills and passions that God has gifted us and we use it in ministry to provide a way for others to learn about the gospel. Miracles and ministry go together. They can’t be separated. If it’s just miracles, we live in a fairy tale. Just ministry we can become disappointed and burn-out.
The gospel provides both miracles and ministry. God comes into our lives to give us the strength we need to minister to others. He provides way beyond what we could provide on our own!
But this requires obedience on our part. We must stay in daily contact with God. Our quiet times spent with him, help us to grow closer to him and learn to know who he is.
- How can you begin to use the miracle he gave you this week?
- Send a card to encourage someone or a phone call.
- How many people today have asked for prayers? Do it…pray!
- Reach out to help a child with their school work.
- Call a friend to discuss something that was in the devotional you read this morning.
- Invite a friend to church or to join you in Bible study.
- Ask God to be with you in this ministry.
- With God’s hand in it you’ll be amazed at what can be accomplished.
- Receive it…then give it to others.
Spend time with God today.
2 Replies to “God Provides”
Good Post! Philippians 4:11-12 Contentment is key 🙂
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