Survival in the Wilderness (2)
You can be in the wilderness and still be in the center of God’s will. ‘…He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock…He led them on safely, so…they did not fear…’ (vv 52-53 NKJV). In the wilderness you get to know God in a way you never knew Him before.
So, what else did Israel need to survive in the wilderness?
Food! Someone calculated it would have taken about twenty-six wagonloads of food to feed that many Israelites every day. The problem is there were no trains and no tracks and certainly no groceries! But they had something much better—God! For forty years He delivered manna, ‘the perfect food’, to the doors of their tents. The supply was according to each family’s individual need—and God never missed a day.
So if the economy has you feeling anxious and wondering whether or not God can take care of you—this is the word for you today! God may not give you everything you want, but He will give you everything you need. The God we serve doesn’t suffer from lack or limitation! The Psalmist said, ‘I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging for bread’ (Psalms 37:25 NKJV).
The old country preacher got it right when he said, ‘Where He leads me I will follow; what He feeds me I will swallow.’ Think of it: for forty years Israel never missed a meal or went without. And their God is your God, so put your trust in Him today and stop worrying!
‘…He led them on safely, so that they did not fear…’ Psalms 78:53 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Truly God is good to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish & ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, & afterward you will receive me to glory. There is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh & heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart & my portion forever! For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. But for me it is good to be near God! I have made the Lord God my refuge that I may tell of all your works!
God is holding you by your right hand. He will never let you go! He seeks to be good to you today! Keep your heart pure & you will live amazed!