Monday, February 22, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 February 22

All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. 
(Deuteronomy 8:1-5)

Today’s Morsel: Moses, in his recap to the children of Israel before they went in to the Promised Land, wanted to bring them clarity as to why they had gone through what they went through in the wilderness. He told them that God took them into the wilderness to humble them.  Sometimes when we know that nothing can defeat us, God may have to humble us to get pride out of our lives.  Israel saw what God did to Egypt and they were prideful, and so He needed to humble them.  Moses told them that God wanted to see what was in their heart.  You see, God knows what is in our heart, but we may not.   Solomon said that he that trusteth in his own heart is a fool.  When we are on top, we will vow things that may not be true.  We make promises and do not live up to them.  God wanted Israel to see what was in their own hearts by seeing if they would keep His commandments or not.  Moses also told them that one of the ways that God used to humble them was to let them go hungry.  But then he said that God fed them with manna so that they would know that man does not live by bread only, but they every word of God.  And then he told them that as an earthly father corrects his children, so God corrects His. Do you feel as though you are in the wilderness?  If so, God just may have you in school, the school of hard knocks that is!

Sing:  He leadeth me! He leadeth me! By his own power He leadeth me. His faithful follower I will be, for by His Hand He leadeth me.

Thought For Today:  Wilderness experiences are for spiritual development.

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