Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Tuesday, June 30
“He brought you water out of hard rock.”
Dt 8:15 NIV
WHAT YOU NEED IN THE WILDERNESS (3)
What else do you need in the wilderness? Water! You can live without food for about forty days, but without water you’ll die much faster. It’s the same in the spiritual realm; you can get by in life without a lot of things, but you won’t make it without God. In the wilderness God was teaching His people a lesson He wanted them to remember when they arrived in the Promised Land: “Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord…who brought you out of…slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you” (vv. 12-16 NIV). Note the words “that it might go well with you.” In spite of what you’re going through today, God has great blessings in store for you. But in order to handle them properly you must learn humility, develop a heart of gratitude, and never forget that He alone is the source of every good thing you’ll ever have. Then God added this P.S. “If you ever forget…you will surely be destroyed” (v. 19 NIV). That’s how serious He is about making sure you depend on Him each day.
Wednesday, July 1
“And there was none feeble among His tribes.”
Ps 105:37 NKJV
WHAT YOU NEED IN THE WILDERNESS (4)
Notice something else Israel enjoyed in the wilderness: divine health. Think of the health issues you’d expect among two million people walking through endless desert with no doctor or hospital in sight. Yet from the youngest to the oldest, “He…brought them out…and there was none feeble among His tribes.” That’s because they lived on a diet provided by God Himself. Their troubles began when they complained and wanted to go back to the food they ate as slaves in Egypt. Hello! There’s an important lesson here for those who live on fast foods that promote ailments like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Imagine pouring five pounds of sugar into the gas tank of your car and complaining that it won’t run. Now, when health problems run in your family, or economic circumstances force you to eat less than ideal food, God understands and you can go to Him with confidence, believing, “The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up” (Jas 5:15 NKJV). But when the choice is between exercising wisdom in order to have good health or exercising faith in order to be healed, your choice is clear. When Israel entered the Promised Land, God told them, “Serve the Lord…and He will bless your bread and your water…take sickness away from the midst of you…[and] fulfill the number of your days” (Ex 23:25-26 NKJV). Then He gave them dietary laws to live by that set them apart from the surrounding nations. Question: How many of us fail to “fulfill the number of [our] days” and the assignment God gives us, because we refuse to exercise discipline when it comes to our diet? Think about it!