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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.”—Deuteronomy 2:7 (NKJV)
Scholars have observed that the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land could have been made in less than a month. Consequently, it’s tempting to see Israel’s forty-years of wandering in the wilderness between these two points as a waste. However, those four decades in the desert do serve the positive purpose of revealing a lot to us about God’s character; namely, His faithfulness to provide for His people.
It’s at the end of the forty years that Moses reminds the children of Israel that God was with them every step of the way, tending to their needs. They lacked nothing necessary for their survival. Again, this wasn’t a week or month-long demonstration, but God’s faithfulness to provide was proven over the long haul!
This is a principle that every believer must come to embrace: God is able and willing to meet our needs out of the abundance of His eternal resources. He did this for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He did this for Moses and the million plus Hebrews in the wilderness. He did this for Elijah and David when they were fugitives. And He did this through Christ’s earthly ministry.
Jesus miraculously fed the multitudes twice. He also led a fisherman named Peter— who had caught nothing all night to drop his nets again on the opposite side of his boat—to a catch his nets couldn’t handle (Luke 5:6)! Jesus even does the same thing a second time with Peter after His resurrection: “Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three”( John 21:11 NKJV).
The point not to be missed in all of this is what the wilderness had taught to the Israelites; supply isn’t an issue for our God. He has a reservoir of resource that He dispenses towards His people as they walk in His will. Whether it’s the sandal strap that never breaks, the manna that appears in the morning, the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fish, or the material need you’re facing right now . . . God is able to supply the need.
How the Lord leads us to His provision is part of our faith-walk with Him. It might require some surrender or sacrifice on our part. But we can rest assured that pursuing His will for our lives will also lead to His divine supply.
DIG: What did forty years in the wilderness reveal to the Israelites?
DISCOVER: How does this aspect of God’s character apply to your life today? What does God want to show you through your own area of need?
DISPLAY: Is there anything you feel you’re lacking today; any area of your life where you feel destitute? Surrender it to the Lord today. Ask for His divine provision, believe in faith He can provide, and let Him work.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.