No Manna Stores
Have you ever been at a point in your life where you did not know how or when you were going to be able to pay your bills or where your next meal was coming from or you seemed lost for direction? If you have not been in the valley of despair, it’s only a matter of time before it will happened. Walking with the Lord can make all the difference in how you see your desert experience.
We have walked through the desert a few times. The first was a spiritual valley where it did not seem like I could hear His voice for direction on messages or clarity of His direction for our lives. When you stand up a ministry as a baby Christian and you stop hearing His voice for direction, it has to be one of the scariest times in your life. You just keep walking and reading and praying.
The second and subsequent deserts, yes multiple deserts, have normally been about finances or funding for our business. I know this may sound crazy, but we do not seek work. Yes, you heard that correctly. Ever since we started building websites in the early days of our business, the work always came to us. It seems like whenever we tried to find work on our own our efforts would fail. We have no business plan for funding or growing our business other than relying on the Lord.
Deut 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” This is one of the many scriptures that sustains us as we walk through life. We know He is always with us, even when life is at it’s hardest. How do we know He is with us, relationship…it’s all about the relationship!
No Manna Stores
by Os Hillman
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow My instructions.” – Exodus 16:4
When God took the nation of Israel through the desert, there was one thing the people simply could not do outside of God alone: They could not provide for themselves. They could not plant. They could not harvest. They could not manufacture. It was a place and time where nothing but complete dependence was the rule. God gave manna one day at a time. The manna spoiled the day after, so they could never store it. They could not go to the manna store to get more. They couldn’t start a manna business to capitalize on all the free manna. I can tell you from personal experience that when God takes you to the desert, there is nothing you can do to change it until He wants to change it, so do not strive against God in the desert place.
Has God taken you into the desert? Is He forcing you to depend wholly on His provision? Pray that you will learn the lessons God desires you to learn in the desert place. He will bring you out when He has accomplished all He wants to build in your life. Remember that it is a season; you will not be there forever. He understands that no one can stay in a desolate place forever.