June 3, 2018
Often times we need to evaluate where we are in life. If we are not careful we tend to become satisfied and slowly slip into a rut in life. We may not feel the joy we once experienced in the Lord. We may lose our motivation to continue on our journey of faith and service to the Lord. We may settle for just getting by when we could be experiencing the blessings and glory of God. Where are you today in life? Israel’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land reveals three places where we may find ourselves.
The Place Of Not Enough
As slaves in Egypt the Israelites were forced to depend on Pharaoh for everything. When you have to keep relying on anyone but God, you are not free. No one wants to live in bondage. Until you understand that God is your provider, you will settle to live with a “not enough” mentality. Elijah was living by a stream in a time of famine and ravens brought him food each day. Then one day the ravens did not show up and the stream dried up. God dried up a temporary source to drive Elijah back to his true source. We must understand that regardless of what or whom he chooses and uses, God is your source. Jehovah Jireh means God is our Provider and do you know what that means? The Lord will provide for His children!
Why settle for not enough in your life when God can lead you to trust Him more and provide for your needs. Some changes may need to occur but God knows what is best for our lives and He will provide.
The Place Of Just Enough
In their journey through the wilderness, God provided for His children with manna from Heaven and they had just enough for each day. It is no fun struggling just to get by in life. How many of us have lived through this experience. We do learn during this time to appreciate what we have to struggle for and we learn to trust God more and more. Living through such situations helps us to grow and we learn to appreciate what we have to struggle for, and how important God is in our struggles. Joanne and I now laugh as we look back on years of struggling which were not fun at the time, but we also know that the struggles caused us to seek the Lord as we never had before in our lives. We discovered a much deeper relationship with the Lord and the Lord helped us develop strength to always keep moving forward toward better things and times in life.
Do your struggles help make you stronger?
How has God helped you to become the man/woman of God He wants you to be?
The Place Of More Than Enough
God’s plan and promise for Israel was to bring them to a land in which they would lack nothing. The Bible says, “Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in His ways and revering Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you.” (Deuteronomy 8:6-10) God’s goal for you is abundance in every area of life, not so you can hoard it, but so you can bless others and fulfill you assignment in life. The Word says, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) Our Scripture affirms that we can be used and blessed by God beyond what we can think or imagine. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
May the Lord help us live abundantly in His presence for His glory!
Be the miracle and blessing this week!