Provider’s Path

God Gold of the day

You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and you told them to go in to possess the land that you had sworn to give them. “But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments. They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. Even when they had made for themselves a golden calf and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,’ and had committed great blasphemies, you in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud to lead them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night to light for them the way by which they should go. You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.”

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭9:15-21‬ ‭

I just can’t seem to get away from these Scriptures in Nehemiah chapter nine! There is so much powerful truth and gold found here about who God is and also as we see in these verses, who we are as people.

Nehemiah is describing and kind of telling a story of what God has done amongst the people of Israel, he is looking back on these truths as a reminder to the people. Looking first we see God’s provision, how when the Israelites had nothing, God gave them their every need. They didn’t have food while traveling through the wilderness and God sent down bread from Heaven. They didn’t have water and God provided for them water out of a rock. I know that sounds crazy right? Practically impossible? But that’s God and that’s the way He provides for His people.

There is nothing more encouraging to see that this same God who provides in these wild ways for the Israelites is the the same God who provides for us today. I know personally I face so many moments where I feel inadequate, like I don’t have enough, and looking at my circumstances surrounding me they feel impossible. But each day, no matter how bad things get, no matter how impossible things look, God provides. God always makes a way, even if it’s not the way we expected or the way we want, God gives us everything we need!!! And we can rest secure in that truth no matter what situation we face in life!

Then looking on to the next part of the verses, we get this picture of who we are. Despite the fact God provides and gives us everything we need, just like the Israelites we can easily overlook Gods powerful presence in our lives. The Israelites were faced daily with Gods miracle like provision and awesome works but they still “stiffened their necks.” They still would have rather went back to Egypt and live out their lives in the slavery that God had taken them out of. I relate so much with this I guess mainly because just as the Israelites were human, so am I, and so are you. We can be so quick to stiffen our necks towards God even when He has laid out a path of provision to keep walking forward towards the freedom He has promised us. I would say that the main reason I still seek to turn back to my ways and go back to what’s comfortable to me, what I’m used to in slavery is because walking through the wilderness on the adventure God gives us is extremely uncomfortable. During those seasons in the wilderness where God is breaking us down, allowing us to be in situations of great need, those moments are set up divinely for us to have nowhere else to go but to depend fully on God. What’s crazy as humans is that even though we’ve seen what God has done, we see God blessing us and providing for us right in front of our very eyes, we still would rather go back to the places that make us comfortable even if that is a place of slavery, a place of being controlled by addictions, strongholds. It makes no sense why we would do this but in our sinful human nature it’s what we tend to do.

What’s beautiful about God and having a relationship with Him is that despite our shortcomings, our lack of belief and our desires for comfort, He stays right there by our side. No matter how bad we mess things up, or choose to be disobedient by going backwards into the ways He’s already taken us out of, God is forgiving! God continues to love us more and more, it blows my mind how God could love me after all the times I have seen the path He is pointing me down but I remain disobedient because I’m scared of the change and pain that may come in that wilderness experience. God still loves me even when I turn away from Him and His awesome provision to chase my wants, my plans and my desires. It makes no sense why we do the things we do but what’s even crazier is how God loves us anyways!

God continues to sustain us and give us everything we could ever need even when we go after our human instincts of comfort, God never leaves us. Even though sometimes in our crazy situations and in the pull we feel from our flesh to go back to what makes us feel good, God continues to stay right by our side through it all. He continues to lead us on the path of His ways, in the path that leads to the fullness of life that He has given us. Nobody ever said that path is easy, actually sometimes it seems pretty impossible, but just as Nehemiah was reminding the Israelites, I’m here to remind you and myself today that God has and will provide for your every need!!! God will pave a clear path for you and guide you along the way, God will be there for you through it all!!! So don’t turn back, don’t listen to the lies that “slavery” sounds better, for the pain you are enduring right now on this uncomfortable road is leading to the land of freedom and the fullness of life with God!!!! I pray this reminder will be of huge encouragement for you today! This lesson has personally rocked my world and I just ask you pray for me also to keep moving forward and never forget the God we have by our side!!!

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God Gold of the day

“”You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.

“And you saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea, and performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for you knew that they acted arrogantly against our fathers. And you made a name for yourself, as it is to this day. And you divided the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on dry land, and you cast their pursuers into the depths, as a stone into mighty waters. By a pillar of cloud you led them in the day, and by a pillar of fire in the night to light for them the way in which they should go.”

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭9:6, 9-12‬ ‭

I couldn’t sleep and opened up a couple of different books I’ve been reading. Searching for some answers for things I have going on in my own life, those books brought me nothing of any weight. Then I looked over and saw my Bible just staring at me. After being such a big advocate for reading God’s Word and speaking to you of how much Gods Word will change your life, I noticed that many times I search for answers in all sorts of different places, things and books but how often do I really pick up Gods Word and dig in. How often do I put on my miners helmet and take off on an adventure to see what God has to say to me?

Unfortunately, the answer is not very much. Tonight, I reluctantly picked up Gods Word and opened up to these Scriptures. I also noticed one of the main reasons I don’t run immediately to Gods Word when I have problems or in times of need, it’s because I’ve seen how powerful Gods Word has been in the past and I know most likely I will read something that humbles and convicts me. I know before I even open up His Word that I’ll read a powerful truth that will call me to step down from trying to live in my own power and put my trust solely in God alone. That doesn’t sound so bad but if you’re human you know how hard that can be. To set aside your pride and want for control, then give up everything to God, to answer the call in His Word to give up pleasures and things you really enjoy in this life and follow Him wherever He wants you to go, doing whatever He wants you to do. I’ll be honest, there’s times I don’t pick up Gods Word because I know already the steps out of my comfort zone God’s powerful truths will take me and that can be scary. I know that sounds pretty bad but it’s the truth. It’s easy to get on here and talk up a big game to try and encourage you to move out of the comfortable life and into the fullness of life God has called you to. The hard part is being honest with myself, others and you about why I struggle with putting these words to action. These aren’t things I want to admit but it’s the truth, and I pray that something in these words opens you up to see the truth of your own shortcomings. I could easily tell you of all my shortcomings that I experience everyday but this by far is my biggest one majority of the time. Seeking God and His Word, because I’m comfortable where I’m at and I know one glance into God’s Word will change that, it will move me into unknown waters into a place where I have no choice but to trust in Him. I don’t care who you are, that can be extremely tough sometimes.

Tonight I opened up Gods Word and found the answers I was looking for like always. I see these verses in Nehemiah talking about how powerful God is, how mighty and awesome our Creator is, I see a description of Gods character and who He is. I see that and I just think, wow!!! Why would I not put my trust in God? Why would I not always seek God through His Word for answers and provision in my life? Why would I not trust Him with all the things that I struggle with, the problems I have and the worldly desires that I hold onto?

Well, the answer to that last one is simple, I don’t want to let go. I find myself so often chasing the desires of my flesh and it’s what I’ve done for years on end but there is my flesh standing in the way of wanting to let go. As God’s Word says; “the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” It’s obvious to me more than ever how weak my flesh is, how easily I can be tempted and persuading to follow my own fleshly desires over what the Spirit tells me, shows me, and I know is right. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to let go to these things I hold so dearly and a big part of that is fear. Fear of failure to be more exact. After failing so many times it’s scary to take that step of faith with your eyes in the rear view mirror seeing how you screwed it up last time you tried. It’s terrifying to give up something and put your trust in God for help when in the back of your mind you’re already thinking about how you’re going to give in, give up, and fail again. I see these truths tonight in Gods Word and all those weaknesses and struggles I just shared with you, they don’t see so big and scary anymore! Why? Because I see how big and powerful God is, how He has literally created this world and everything in it with His own hands. I see who God is and what He is capable of, that gives me peace and comfort knowing He’s more than powerful enough to bring me through whatever comes up in my life. As bad as I want to avoid facing the afflictions I face daily, I see how God has brought deliverance to His people in the past, how He has taken them out of slavery, sent them to new places that were way out of there comfort zone, parted the Red Sea, opened up a clear and wide path for them to walk through to set them free from their enemies and all the evil that pursued them. I see that God continued leading those people as they walked in freedom, even if they failed God stayed right by there side as a guide for them to follow!

It just amazes me to see what God has done, it amazes me even more to sit here and awhile ago I felt hopeless and weak. Now, I still feel weak but my strength comes from another source, it’s not my own, it’s not any book or anything of this world, but my hope and strength was literally found by opening up Gods Word. Even with the temptations, distractions and pull of my sinful flesh not to do it, Gods Word and learning more of who He is, and all that He is done, I know without a shadow of a doubt that God can and will take me out of the slavery I’m in to fear, comfort and fleshly desires. I know that He can lead me into His freedom and do the what seems miraculous after the all the times I’ve failed to do myself. I know God can part the sea and I know God will give me a big clear path to walk through it. I know God will send my enemies and all the evil schemes around me away, I know He will protect me and provide for me, I know He will guide me through the wilderness and always be there with me right by my side. You see, I sound confident now compared to the first part of this message. “I knowdoesn’t come from myself but simply from God’s Gold. This strength and hope I have now comes purely from opening up Gods Word, reading His truths and learning more about who He is and what all He’s capable of! My confidence is in God, and God alone! It’s crazy how much we can be reluctant to even open up Gods Word because of our own comfort and selfishness, but man!!!! When we take what seems like such a small step of faith and open up His powerful Word, He will and can change our lives forever!!! Hope, strength, peace, life, faithful steps out of our comfort zone, change, love, it all starts as we open up Gods Word and dig in. That’s it, just one flip of a page and the adventure of a lifetime begins!!!!