Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from I Samuel 10-12; Luke 9:37-62
Wednesday’s: 1 Samuel 13-14; Luke 10:1-24

I thought of a sermon “seed” a few days ago on my morning walk; thought I would write about it here and maybe get the juices flowing to help me develop the idea.  I may call it “Toilet Paper and Manna,” or something along those lines.

After the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron (Ex. 16:2) because of a lack of food in the wilderness, God told Moses He would provide bread from heaven for the people (Ex. 16:4), but they were only to gather enough for one day at a time.  He was doing this to “test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction” (Ex. 16:4).

The test God gave the Israelites boiled down to whether or not they trusted Him enough to obey His instructions in regard to the supplying of their daily sustenance.  Most assuredly, the temptation was there to hoard more manna than was necessary for daily consumption, for fear that God wouldn’t keep His promise to provide for His children’s needs each and every day (with the exception of the Sabbath).

Now I realize that the analogy falls apart rather quickly when we compare toilet paper to manna, but the fact remains that if we allow doubt and fear to control our decisions, irrespective of the cause, it will almost always result in a negative, or at the very least, a less than optimum, outcome.

“But they did not listen to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was angry with them (the Israelites)” (Exodus 16:20).

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).  Believe it!  Live it!

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ