“And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has lead you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
The responsibility for the life of the Jews was completely God’s. The Jews had no control. They were between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” They were several million hungry people in the middle of the desert ready to starve. There wasn’t a Kroger for hundreds of miles! If God did not provide they would die! What did God want to teach them?
The Lord God wanted His children to know:
1. He was faithful to lead them and provide for all their needs (for forty years).
2. They could trust His word - His promises.
What can we learn today from their situation?
First, remember He has been faithful to you in the past.
Second, God lets you get hungry. He allows trials. They are part of His plan.
Third, God does not always do the expected. He will feed you with manna, which you do not know. He needs you to give Him the freedom to provide in His way.
Fourth, you need to trust His word (promises).
It may seem like the responsibility is completely up to you to provide for your needs, and that things are under your control. It is not! God wants you and I to be responsible, work hard, spend wisely, and give cheerfully to the work of the gospel. But He wants you to know it all comes from Him!