Posted in Priscilla's Posts

Divine Sustenance in a Wilderness

Have you ever wondered how God sustained the Israelites in the wilderness? Well, wonder no more. The Bible has the answers.

One way God sustained the Israelites in the wilderness is with manna from heaven. This manna God formed in the morning right after the dew lifted (Ex. 16:14). So, in the early morning they could gather as much as they needed for the day but no more. The bible says “…it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” (Ex. 16:31) But how did they eat it? Numbers 11:8 says “The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it; and its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil.” The Israelites ate this for forty years, until they came to the border of Canaan and ate the produce of the land.

Another way God sustained the Israelites is with water from a rock. Two times He did this, the first time being at Rephidim. But Rephidim had no water so the people complained against Moses and God saying they wished to be back in Egypt. So God told Moses to go to the rock at Horeb and to strike it so that water would come out. So he did and the people were satisfied. Moses then named the place Massah and Meribah “…because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, ‘Is the LORD among us or not?’”(Exodus 17:7)

The second was at Kadesh. The Israelites came into the Wilderness of Zin and camped in Kadesh. But alas there was no water here either! Again the people got mad at Moses and wished to go back to Egypt, but God told Moses to speak to the rock and it would yield water. So Moses gathered the people and—struck the rock! Of course, the water came rushing out and the people drank, but Moses was not able to lead the people into Canaan.                           

A third way God sustained the Israelites in the wilderness is that their clothes and shoes did not wear out. For forty years they didn’t have to make or buy new garments. That wouldn’t happen in our house!

“Truly, O God of Israel, our Savior, you work in mysterious ways.” (Isaiah 45:15) I’m glad God took care of the Israelites so many years ago. And I’m glad He takes care of His children today, also.

                                                                Prissy

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Ways that I can be a Servant at Home

Dear Friends

     As this is my first post I hope it is encouraging to you.

 

 Ways that I can be a Servant at Home 

     There are many ways in which I can be a servant and a help right at home. I will list several things that I can do, with Bible verses to support them.

     One thing I can do is be kind. In Ephesians 4:32 it says: “And be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” When others behave badly or get annoying, instead of getting angry, I can be kind and help them if they need it

      Another way I can be a servant is to cook meals for the family. Proverbs 31: 15 says, “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” Even as a girl I can at least help make dinner by setting the table, getting out the salad and helping the younger ones

       I can work in the garden and clean the yard. “And she went and gleaned in the field after the reapers:…” (Ruth 2:3). I can work for others when they are tired and need a rest.

       Whomever I am serving I should do it unto the Lord not unto men. “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) I should also be glad to serve. Psalm 100:2 says “Serve the Lord with gladness…”

       There are many other ways to serve, but I think that the point is clear:  serve in whatever way you can. Go the extra mile by serving when you aren’t even asked to.

“Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11

                                                                    Love

                                                                            Elisabeth Leake

 

September 23, 2010, Thursday

Age 13