God Wants Our Trust
"Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you…. And the house of Israel called the name thereof manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey." (Exodus 16:4a, 31)
Every evening at dusk, Granny Ludlow fills her bird feeders with bird seed. In the morning, the birds are probably amazed to see that there is more seed for them to eat. Granny wonders what the birds would be saying if they could speak. Maybe they would be asking, “Where did this fresh food come from? It was almost gone yesterday when we went back to our nests. Does the seed grow overnight?" Granny can imagine them feeling a little confused. Perhaps they are chirping to one another in their own bird language: "Having enough to eat every morning is a mystery we don’t understand – but we sure are happy when we see the food again!” It doesn't really matter what the birds think, though. Granny gives them food every day because she cares about them and enjoys providing for them.
When Moses was leading the Israelites through the wilderness to the Promised Land, the people were hungry and needed food for their health and strength. Moses couldn’t just go to the grocery store and buy food for thousands and thousands of people. He depended upon God to supply what they needed. At first, the Israelites were not very happy with Moses. They told him, “Ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” (See Exodus 16:1-8.)
God heard his people's complaints, and He knew their needs. He told Moses that He would “rain bread” from heaven. The people called it "manna." God gave clear instructions about how much manna they should keep and eat each day, but some did not obey Him. They did not believe Him that there would be enough food for them the next day. So some of the people gathered more than they needed for one day and planned to keep it overnight to save it for the next day – just in case God did not provide for them the next day, they thought. But those people who thought they could outsmart God were sorry for it. The manna they kept overnight got wormy and spoiled. It had to be thrown away, anyway. Instead, they should have trusted that God, Who provided for them today, would also provide for them tomorrow.
God was the Provider, and He decided what He would provide. God gave them plenty of manna each day, to be gathered during the morning. After the sun rose higher, the manna for that day would melt away. In the evenings, God gave the people meat to eat. He wanted the Israelites to know they needed to depend on Him instead of trusting in their own wisdom or in their own abilities. Human beings are not God, and God wants us to know Who He is and what He can and will do for us – for His glory, and for our good. He says, “Ye shall know that I am Lord your God.” (Exodus 16:12b) God wants us to trust Him and to believe that He will provide all that is needed in our lives. Today, thank God for all He is and all He does for us daily. Isn't He deserving of our trust?
God's character and works have proven trustworthy over and over again.
» Do I believe that the God Who provided what I needed yesterday can and and will provide what I need for tomorrow, too?
» Do I have a spirit of gratitude for all that God has given me?
» Am I trusting God daily to take care of me?
Truth In Real Life
B Myron Cedarholm
“God always blesses obedience.”
Blaine Myron Cedarholm was born on June 20, 1915. Myron Cedarholm, as he was called, was saved at the age of five. He was baptized at age ten by his father, who was also his pastor. By the end of his life, Cedarholm had come to be known as “the man with the pipeline to heaven.”
Cedarholm was raised in a wonderful home and knew at a young age that he was called to the ministry. He studied hard, prayed often, and preached weekly in churches everywhere.
In 1960, after he and his wife had served in ministry as a couple for thirteen years, they were given the opportunity of visiting missionaries around the world. The Cedarholms were able to visit at least 325 missionaries in 52 countries.
In May of 1968, Cedarholm received a phone call from a kind lady urging him to visit Watertown, Wisconsin. Because of her great respect for the Cedarholms, she felt he might be the right man to start a Bible college.
With less than 90 days until classes would be scheduled to begin, the project of starting a new college seemed impossible. God, however, is known for doing the impossible. In September of 1968, Maranatha Baptist Bible College opened its doors for its very first school year. 172 students from around the country attended this miracle school.
Mrs. Cedarholm wrote the school hymn, and its third verse reads as follows:
Maranatha: He cometh! Behold, in the sky
A shout! A voice the trump of God! Our Lord is drawing nigh!
Believe Him, receive Him, look up and thou shalt be
To the Praise of His glory with Him eternally!
The Cedarholms trusted God to do the impossible if it was His will for them to start a school. Do you believe that God can do the impossible in your life? Are you trusting in God to lead you and give you what you need to be what He wants you to be, whether that’s a teacher or a missionary worker or a college president…or whatever He may want you to be?
Ephesians 1:12 – That we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.