“The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.” vs. 12
According to one of their ancient narratives God had sustained the Israelites with a special bread from heaven through their years in the wilderness. But when they crossed the Jordan River and entered the land of Canaan that gracious provision came to an end. They had begun a new phase of their life with the Lord. From now on their own crops would sustain them. We have somewhat the same experience as we move from childhood to maturity. During our formative years most of us are taken care of…our parents provide for all of our basic needs. They give us food and shelter and clothing…all we have to do is follow their rules and go to school. But then comes the day when we’re on our own. (At least that’s how it’s generally supposed to work.) We finish our school or training and find work that provides an income. Some of us start families and are proud to be able to take care of our own needs. And there’s the rub! The Israelites really weren’t on their own when they entered the land…God was still providing their food, just in a different form. Likewise, even though it may appear we’re on our own, God is still taking care. All that we have, even as adults, is a gift!!!!!
Thought for the Day: When did I first believe that I was on my own?