Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV)
“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
He’ll give you everything you need. Not what you want, but what you need. But we aren’t happy. Christ sends hundreds of thousands of people roaming a small desert for 40 years, feeding them with manna that fell from the sky. Food, wholly sustaining food falling from the sky every day for years, so that the Lord could sustain a proud people and bring them to know the errors in their ways. Today if that happened there’d be cries against such an “injustice” and God would be filleted for His insensitive nature and so on, so forth. A proud and stiff necked people still – telling God what’s right and wrong, always wanting, never needing, not knowing the difference.
In this season of my life, I know God will provide me what I need, not what I want. It’s not that I know the difference any better than I used to, it’s just that I’m (somewhat) accepting of what I’m blessed with, realizing how richly I’ve been blessed, and grateful for the miracle that this life is.
Seek first the kingdom of God, do the next right thing, and you’ll get what you need. He’ll humble us and heal us of our stiff necks if we let Him. At the end of the trip, what a glorious finish.
You can’t always get what you want, but if you submit to Him, to His love, you’ll get what you need (sorry Mick and crew).