Ex. 16:2-4 π Dt. 8:3 π Psa. 11:5 π Tit. 2:14
“Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, ‘Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt...when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out...to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I will rain bread from heaven...that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.’” ( Ex. 16:2-4; top )
“The Lord tries the righteous.” ( Psa. 11:5; top )
We are tested to reveal to ourselves our own unholiness. These blessings God gives us are great, and quite readily supplied by our Heavenly Father, however our reaction to the blessings is more important to God than giving the blessings.
The Israelites constantly had their requests answered by the Lord, and in this case He supplied daily manna; however, soon they weren't satisfied with the manna, which revealed a weakness in their spiritual character. They were acting like little children. In spite of God’s care of them; and refused to submit to God’s ways, which would produce spiritual maturity.
Can we accept our own trying environment in spite of its ugliness as a loving special chance to gain maturity in Jesus?
“Who gave Himself (Jesus) for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for Himself a special people, zealous for good works.” ( Tit. 2:14; top )
No end-time work by God will ever be attempted by God until He has a totally obedient people.
Our contemporary church procedures of two songs, a sermon and collection will be totally passé; it will be a new order, cleansed from the old wineskin’s perfumed promotions that were used as cover-ups for man’s failures.
“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers now, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” ( Dt. 8:3; top )
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