“Yahweh shall give you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to satisfy you.”
It is quite easy to believe God will provide for you when you have your basic needs. However, not many of us can say that we trust God to provide for us in the midst of our problems. When loved ones suddenly become ill or we’re surrounded by debts that continue to pile up, when we lose a job we need to survive or a disaster strikes and we lose everything it becomes more than just a challenge to believe God will take care of our needs.
Crises test our faith in God’s abilities. Oftentimes we become like the Israelites, grumbling in the desert to Moses, asking if they were brought there to die of hunger. Yet God tells the Israelites through Moses in Exodus 16:8, “Yahweh shall give you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to satisfy you.”
Our needs do not end with the basics: food, shelter, clothing. Our needs include emotional and spiritual support. God can provide all of these, but we must ask and be open to God’s guidance once we have. God’s provisions sometimes come in unusual packages that we may not expect.
As you read Exodus 15 22-17 7, try to remember a time in your life in which God provided for you. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.
Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take 10 to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Exodus 15 22-17 7, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.
- In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to how God provides for you.
- Bake or buy a loaf of bread and take it to a friend. Start a conversation about how God has provided for your and your friend’s needs.
- Create some colored rice, or use plain rice, and place it in a jar where you will be able to see it on a regular basis. Think of all the ways God has provided for you.
- Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding how God has provided for you.
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