Tuesday, January 13, 2015

+DEV+ Do You Depend on God?

Date: January 13, 2015 7:33 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Do You Depend on God?

Do You Depend on God?

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"  Matthew 6:26

Scripture Focus: Deuteronomy 8:1-6; Ephesians 3:20

The appointed time of the Feast of Tabernacles comes with the command for all of Israel to dwell in booths for seven days (Leviticus 23:42-43). These temporary, vulnerable shelters were to remind Israel of God's faithfulness during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt These booths symbolized man's need to depend on God entirely for His provision of food, water and shelter. 

The nation of Israel wandered in the wilderness with little or no possessions. Every step of the way they had to depend totally on God to provide and meet their needs. Isn't it interesting that when we have little in the way of material possessions, we have great dependence on God? When we have much, it is easy to forget Him. 

God tested Israel to show them what was truly in their hearts. He said to them, "Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God" (Deuteronomy 8:11). Do we depend on God, in good times and bad? "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).

Insight: No soul can be really at rest until it has... been forced to depend on the Lord alone.  (Hannah Whitall Smith)

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