And the manna ceased on the day after they ate of the produce of the land; and the Israelites had manna no more, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. (Joshua 5:12 AMP)
Imagine how drastic it must have been for the children of Israel to wake up one morning and realize that something that had come like clockwork for the last forty years doesn’t show up on that morning. God had never been late before; in fact for the majority of the children of Israel who were born in the wilderness, the failure of manna to fall that morning was like the sun refusing to rise out of the east – unthinkable! But alas, the manna had ceased.
Bear in mind that in their forty years of roaming the wilderness, the children of Israel had never had to fend for themselves and simply spent the time looked forward to entering a land “flowing with milk and honey”. But now having entered the land of promise, they wake up the next day only to find that the manna had ceased.
How do you grapple with this sort of radical change? Maybe it’s the loss of a job that you thought was secure or the passing of a spouse/parent that brought home the bread; how do you cope with the sudden, drastic change of the status quo?
Here are a few things to note:
1- Life is lived in seasons. Do not assume that the current season of your life will never end.
TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2 AMP)
2- God doesn’t allow us to be tried beyond what our capacity can bear and he always makes a way of escape; he brought them into the land to inherit a harvest so they won’t starve. What if they had come in the planting season?
For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently. (1 Corinthians 10:13 AMP)
3- Learn to adjust to the seasons that God brings you through: the source of many of the headaches that you will have is insisting on “cutting your coat according to your size rather than according to your clothe”.
I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. (Philippians 4:12 AMP)
4- Do not be so focused on the present challenges that you completely miss out on the things that God is trying to teach you in those circumstances. If you do not learn the lessons, you will probably repeat the class.
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 AMP)
5- Do not settle into a negative situation that God hasn’t EXPRESSLY told you is supposed to be permanent. Most of the people who left Egypt for the promised land didn’t get there because they kept tempting God by longing for Egypt or loafing in the wilderness.
THEN WE turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea, as the Lord directed me; and for many days we journeyed around Mount Seir. And the Lord spoke to me [Moses], saying, You have roamed around this mountain country long enough; turn northward. (Deuteronomy 2:1-3 AMP)
God help us all.
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