Day 7: When Your Faith Runs Short

God is faithful, even when we are faithless.

One of our elders, Ryan Worley, preached at Karis a week ago on Exodus 16, when God provides food for the Israelites in the wilderness.

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Here’s the scene: they’ve left Egypt and are making their way to the Promised Land. Egypt is becoming a distant memory and the food they took when they left is also disappearing.

Of course, it’s Moses’ fault. They complain to him about it. Moses goes to God. God provides food, but in a way that they have to trust him for it. They go out in the morning and the “manna” is on the ground, waiting to be picked. Gather for a long time or a little; when they go to weigh in, it’s exactly enough for the household. It doesn’t keep overnight; so there’s no use rationing it to be sure there’s enough (although some have to try and they end up with worms in what they kept).

Like the Israelites, we feel a need and look for what’s in arms reach to fill it (because we are faithless). Instead of turning to the Lord, we turn to false things. The lie of the wilderness is that you take in sin; but it leaves you emptier than before. Our faithless hearts will always run short.

Yet, even when our hearts are faithless, God is faithful.

God response is so generous. He provides food every day for 40 years! His provision didn’t depend on their faithfulness. It was dependent on his faithfulness. Why did he do it?

God says he will provide, “That they may know that I am the Lord.”

He will not abandon. He will not forsake. He will graciously provide.

Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. – Exodus 16:4

But get this, it’s a test, too. They have to trust every day that the food would be there. A daily dependence on God. God is testing as a proving ground to trust him.

If this is a test; then it is to prepare for what’s ahead = this is not the end!

I’m not doing the sermon justice. Ryan shares so much more good stuff. Let me encourage you to listen to the whole sermon as you have time. You can listen online or download the mp3.

Dear Lord,

We thank you for being faithful when we are faithless. It’s so easy to want to go our own way and find what we need somewhere other than you.

  • Help us to trust that you will provide everything we need.
  • Help us to remember to depend on you daily.
  • And when our faith runs short, help us to cling to your faithfulness.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen

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This is Day 7 of 31 Days of Prayer for the Hurting (click to find links to the entire series). If you found encouragement from this, would you share this post? You may have friends who struggle just like you.

To read more great 31 Dayer posts, check out the original site, hosted by The Nester.

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4 Comments

  1. Janice, this is such a wonderful post. You are wonderful at clearly explaining the heart of a passage.

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  2. Maria Dupuis

     /  January 5, 2013

    I agree with Kim’s statement above. I find my lifestyle choices in these words;

    Like the Israelites, we feel a need and look for what’s in arms reach to fill it (because we are faithless). Instead of turning to the Lord, we turn to false things. The lie of the wilderness is that you take in sin; but it leaves you emptier than before. Our faithless hearts will always run short.

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  3. Maria Dupuis

     /  January 5, 2013

    BTW I couldn’t wait to wake and keep reading your blog! Your words have power Claygirl-keep singing! xoxo

    Reply
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