Summary: We will walk and watch the nation of Israel complain, hear God’s words to them, see God provide food and rest for them as HE seeks to do for us daily.
Manna From Heaven, God Provides
God provides food
God provides rest
You know we who live in the “Bush” should easily be able to see and identify the provisions that come from God.
With pork and beef selling for $3-5 a pound, God has provided us with moose, caribou, ptarmigan, ducks, and salmon in order that we my survive and do HIS good and perfect will.
HIS provision has benefited not only our family but also many within the community and traveling through our community to do God’s work in different villages.
Complaints are easy to come by and this flesh knows them all.
We should always remember that God hears them?
Others also hear them and this may affect the testimony that we are seeking to establish within the communities in which we minister.
I did not harvest a moose during one season here. I did not know what would be provided to fill the gap that was in our freezer but God did. We received moose meat from people that we had given meat to in the past, someone who didn’t hunt but had been given more meat than their freezer could hold…Praise God.
God had also given us a double portion of salmon that year so we had a lot of salmon spaghetti, salmon tacos, and salmon patties and praised God for HIS awesome provisions.
I have also watched with amazement God providing for the Alaska Native Youth Camp and different ministries of the Alaska Baptist Convention and Chugach Baptist Association.
As anyone who walks with God by faith will tell you, we did not have the needs met years in advance, but God has always been and will always be faithful to what HE calls us to do.
If things begin to fail then we can understand that the motivation behind it may be other than God’s. God is faithful and will bring about HIS good and perfect will.
Let’s walk with the nation this week and gain direction for our walk with God from their experiences.
Exodus 16:1-3 (KJV)
And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.  And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:  And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.  And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron…So the nation of Israel are 45 days or so out of captivity, somewhere around the plain of el-Markha on the Eastern shore of the Red Sea and they have run out of the provision which they brought out of Egypt.
So what do they do when they run short of provision? What choices did they have? What choices do you have when you feel you are running short of something?