Now Available

Length of Days - Search for Freedom

Friday, March 23, 2012


"When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’ The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed." Exodus: 16: 15-18 (NIV)

Even though God gives us all we need, it never seems like to be enough. If it is winter, we long for spring. If it is the heat of July, we want the first flakes of snow. We are never satisfied with what we have.

Right now, everything in northeast Indiana is blooming! The tulips near the back deck are full and yellow with red splashes, the daffodils are wonderful, and the forsythia bushes are bright yellow bundles of sunshine.

But we’re not satisfied. We begin to negate the splendor of early spring. "What if the weather turns cold again?" we question. "What if there is another frost? Will we lose all the flowers that are so beautiful now?"

 We want even more control over our environment. "Boy, I am hot!" we complain. "I would prefer that the temperature stays around 72 degrees until December 24, then it can snow for Christmas Eve." We are never satisfied.

The Bible tells us that God will provide our needs, not our wishes. Daydreams are for children. Those of us who provide for our families, work and gather the manna and snare the quail, must begin to know when we are satisfied if we are going to live contented lives and rear happy children.

Look at all you have gathered around you, When you are obedient to God, if you have great need, you will have enough, and if your need is small, you will have enough. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Let us pray:

"Father God who provides the manna and the quail, you supply us with enough so that we may be satisfied, and we glorify your name. May we live in the bounty of your family. I ask, Father, for the gift of enough, for the earthly part of me will never be satisfied without your blessing. Forgive me when I undo your gifts by wanting more. You are all I need and your gifts are plenty. Today, I have enough, and for that contentment, I am satisfied. I pray to receive my daily portion each day, in the name of Jesus, my Lord. Amen"

"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine."
Copyright 2012 Doris Gaines Rapp

No comments:

Post a Comment