God Provides us with Manna
God Provides us with Manna
One of the most amazing things that we read in God’s Word is how God took care of his children during their wandering in the wilderness. God had provided a great number of miracles for His children during the Exodus from Egypt. And when they were in the desert where there was not any food. God miraculously provided all the necessities of life for the people and their livestock. The amount of food and water that was required for all the people and the livestock was far beyond our comprehension. There were in excess of 2 million people. Their livestock was not numbered in Scripture so we don’t know the amount of livestock. It stands to reason that there was a large number of livestock – in the hundreds of thousands. Yet God provided all of their necessities each and every day.
In Psalm 90 and 91 we have a prayer from Moses. Moses was definitely a man who trusted God when things did not always go as he wanted them to. As we look at the verses of these Psalms we realize the predicament that the children of Israel were in as Moses led them in the wilderness. Moses spoke face-to-face with God – Exodus 33:11 and had great faith and trust. All people that trust God are people of prayer. Psalm 90:14 (ESV) 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. This verse is telling us that God provided manna for His children. What we must learn from this particular prayer is that God does act on behalf of those that pray.
In his book Harold Kushner’s “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”, he illustrates the secularist attitude toward prayer. He believes that we need to rid ourselves of unrealistic expectations. He states there are things God cannot do in His world. His idea of prayer is simply a means of self-actualization, self-induced therapy, or a form of self-help. God is involved in our lives in order to win us to Himself. To help us demonstrate our love for Him and to enter into a relationship with us.
Jesus tells us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed then God will answer our prayers. Matthew 17:20 (ESV) 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” The mustard tree grows from one of the smallest seeds. This made it suitable for a parabolic expression of the power of faith. Jesus had just come down from the Mountain of Transfiguration with some of His disciples who had witnessed Him talking to Moses and Elijah. What a disappointment Jesus had at this time in the lack of faith of His disciples as they tried to cast out the evil spirit from this young boy. As He beheld the embarrassed disciples, the arguing scribes, and the needy father and son, He groaned inwardly and said, “How long shall I be with you, and put up with you?” Their unbelief and spiritual perversity were a burden to Him. What must our Lord feel as He looks at powerless believers today? I’m not saying that God answers our prayers every time in the way that we want Him to answer them. What I am saying is that God always answers our prayers in a way that is best for each of us. As I look back on my life there were things that I prayed for that I wanted desperately for God to answer my prayer in a particular way. If God had answered in the way that I wanted Him to answer that prayer it would have been a disaster for me and my family.
As we look at the life of Jesus we find that at major points in His life He was in prayer. For example when he was baptized He also prayed and we see a major event in his life. Luke 3:21 (ESV) 21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened. When we use the example of our Lord we will see the change in the events of our live as we pray.
How has prayer changed your life? Do you feel different after you pray?