Ed M.’s verse for today is Exodus 16.15. Short and not so sweet. Israel failed the test. Shall we pass?
The purpose of the manna was to teach dependence on the word of the Lord, Deuteronomy 8:3. In effect, the manna was a test, Exodus 16:4b; Deuteronomy 8:16. The survival of Israel depended on following the instruction of God, Exodus 15:26. The manna was also a gift. It provided Israel with food. It gave them lessons “for generations to come,” Exodus 16:22,23. It showed them who God was.
Oh, how I need to learn to trust God to provide for today!
Focus question: What divine instruction do I complain about? What provision from his hand leaves me discontent?
This verse, two actually, came with a double wallop this morning. I even used the NET Bible translation to render it in Portuguese to share.
O Soul, the world lies before you. All is yours, because you are God’s. Life and death. The present and future. Power and glory. Word and action. Doing and accomplishment. The meek inherit the earth. The humble harness the glorious gifts of God. To his people belong eternal life. You are one, but you are not alone. You are small, but not helpless. The Word in your heart and prayer on your lips make you an effective servant full of hope.
O Soul, do not trust in self. You do not have the strength nor wisdom. You cannot know yourself. Your heart is deceitful, even to yourself. From the heart rise evil thoughts. Sin lurks ever near the surface. The father of lies controls this world and the hearts of men. Trust in the Lord. Forsake your self-confidence to seek his power and truth. Call every day upon him. Let him see your tears. Let him hear your pleas. Confess your weakness. Admit your ignorance. Place every need within his hand. He will care for you. Obey the Lord, and he will give you peace and love.
Ed M. teaches us to quiet our souls before the universe’s unknowns, starting with Psalm 131.1.
Secrets belong to God. The wise learn to be content with what God has revealed. The “secret things” belong to His infinite mind, Deuteronomy 29:29. The psalmist “quieted” his soul, Psalms 131:2. He withdrew from false pursuits. He settled down to the truth he knew. He determined not to worry over matters he could not grasp. He let God be God, Job 36:26. We should concentrate our energy on what is known: what God asks us to be, where He wants us to go, what He wishes we would do. We should leave the rest to the Almighty.
Focus question: Are my spiritual questions about the Scriptures or about subjects they do not deal with? Why do we ask about what we cannot know?
What a dignity and glory it would give our lives, could we uniformly realize this high calling! What a difference it would make in our actions toward our fellow men! God can always be depended upon. He is without variation. God’s Word is unchangeable, and we can trust Him without reserve or question. May we so live that men can trust us, even as they trust God!
From A.B. Simpson’s devotional. Not so sure he nailed the Exodus text, but his point is well taken.