Embracing God’s Supreme Agenda – Still and Focused - Tuesday, March 10th

Embracing God’s Supreme Agenda – Still and Focused - Tuesday, March 10th

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints.” Now tell them, “In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.” That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, “It is the food the Lord has given you to eat. These are the Lord’s instructions: Each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent.” Exodus 16:11-16

So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived at the land where they would settle. They ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan. Exodus 16:35

For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness. Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to play.” Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:1-14

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear …. Cease striving (Be still) and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:1-2A, 10

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

Our propensity for craving evil things is a bigger problem than we realize and often we do so unaware that we are deceived as we go about pursuing what we think is merely the meeting of legitimate needs. Our drive to succeed so that we have everything we believe we need, desire, and have a right to accomplish or gain is an extremely powerful dynamic in our lives. If we are thwarted in our efforts to succeed, have become miserable, and are grumbling and complaining, it is usually because we are not on track with God, His ways, or His purposes for us. The people of Israel got manna in the wilderness for 40 years. He provided this in response to their complaint, but could it be that if they had been on track with God, He would have quickly ushered them into the promised land of Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey. Choosing a promised land flowing with milk and honey over 40 years of manna in the wilderness seems like a no-brainer, but what lesser provision are we settling for in our lives because we are not on track with God, His ways, and His purposes.

What promised land experiences are we missing because of a lack of faith, surrender, and dependence on our part that keeps us from co-operating with God and hinders His full blessing on our lives. If His people would cease striving (Be still) and know and experience Him for the God He is, He would freely exalt Himself among the nations and throughout the earth. How is God being exalted among the nations and throughout the earth linked to his people ceasing to strive and truly experiencing him for the God he is? When God’s people have this kind of relationship with Him, they will have amazing lives. And because the only explanation now for their amazing lives is God, the waiting and watching world is moved and one by one want and embrace the God who can make such an amazing difference in a person’s life.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I want you to make the difference that you alone can make in my life. Teach me to be still and focused so that I truly know you. Do it for your glory, the sake of the world, and of course for my good. Forgive me for all the ways I have pursued my own ends, in my own strength, and all for so much less than you are waiting to bestow upon me. I do want the only explanation for my life to be you so that you are fully exalted. Here I am Lord, abandoned to and your supreme agenda. Amen!

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