For the past week or so, we have been looking at eating and feeding off of God’s provision and abundance.
I don’t know about you, but I’m am much more likely to crave the Lord’s spiritual food when I’m in a “skinnier season.” And I’m not talking about how I look in my jeans (said the girl who just ate rib eye steaks three nights in a row). Rather a dry season, one that may involve wandering, searching, suffering, and trying to figure out what God could possibly be doing. In these seasons I find myself desperate for the word of God—hanging on His every word. Clinging to my Bible because I know it is the only lifeline I have that actually has answers.
The danger can come when we find ourselves in a “fatter season”—our relationships seem healthy, our job flourishes, our living situation couldn’t be better, and we don’t seem to be plagued or bogged down by life’s bigger problems. It’s here that I see my tendency to forget about the Lord’s spiritual food and provision and mistakenly assume that I am the reason for this abundant and fertile season.
In Deuteronomy, we see Moses urge the Israelites not to forget what God has done for them. Regardless of their situation, he encourages them to revere the Lord, walk in His ways, and know that ultimately the Lord is their provider. He talks of the Lord leading them out of the desert into a land of abundance, but it’s here, he says, that they need to be careful.
“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills…When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.”
Deuteronomy 8: 7, 10-18 (NLT)
Today, no matter what our situation we find ourselves in, whether we are well fed, or starving, may recognize that ultimately, God is the one who fulfills and satisfies. He is the One who causes our cups to overflow. Even when our circumstances seem to be lining up perfectly, may we never forget who our ultimate provider is and how much He loves us!