READ: Joshua 5:10-12
- In Exodus 16, just after crossing the Red Sea and escaping Egypt, God promised bread from heaven 6 days each week. He gave instructions about gathering it and He gave a promise that He would sustain them. Exodus 16:35 records a brief historical fact (out of place chronologically); they ate manna daily for 40 years. The Exodus reference anticipates our Joshua text. Once Israel was across the river into the Promised Land, the manna stopped.
- God faithfully cared for His people. He fed them daily. Then, when they entered the land He had promised, a land described as, “The land of milk and honey,” the daily arrival of manna stopped. They could now live off the plenty of the land they would soon call their own. This little passing remark in the text is the narrator’s way of pointing to the faithfulness of God. Even though Israel could have been in the land 40 years sooner, God didn’t renege on His promise to care for them.
- Remembering His faithfulness is a key to the future. We can often walk into the unknown simply because we have already walked in His presence long enough to know He is with us. We may not know what to expect tomorrow, except that He will be there before we are. And that is enough. If memory served no other purpose, remembering that He is faithful would make memory adequate. Every tomorrow has potential for trouble, but we are not concerned because every tomorrow has assurance (not merely the potential) of His presence with us.
- Recall times when God has been faithful to you. Be as specific as possible.
- How does God’s faithfulness empower your hope and perserverance?
- Why are people so easily swayed by disappointment and difficulty?
Thank God for those moments of faithfulness you recalled. Pray to be more cognizant of the times He’s faithful. Commit to being more thankful in those times when you recognize His presence.