All I Need
“....nothing over...no shortage;”
I still remember a story I heard in a Steve and Annie Chapman’s concert. Their testimony was this: One Monday morning they paid all the monthly bills and all that was left was enough for a loaf of bread for the rest of the week. They prayed to the Lord concerning dinner, and the Lord answered in a most peculiar way; every day, for the rest of the week they received a phone call from a different brother or sister inviting them over for dinner.
Israel (and us too) had a very bad habit: They enjoyed complaining for anything and everything. This was already the third instance in which we see the recently liberated people, complaining to the Lord. Instead of praising, praying or simply waiting in the Lord, they murmured and grumbled all the way into their deaths.
What do you do when facing trouble? How do you respond to life’s adversities?
The story of Israel is found in the Bible, to provide an example for Christians today. Let us follow their good example and avoid their many mistakes.
How did God respond to their complaints?
He provided a heavenly bread called “Manna.” His provision was perfect; nothing was leftover, and there was enough for everyone to be filled and satisfied.
God’s provision is always perfect in timing and amount. He has promised to take care of your needs and He will do it. There is no reason then, to doubt or complain because:
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
Do not Pray, Just...
“Why do you cry to me?”
There are times when we don’t need to pray to God.
One example of a completely unnecessary (and foolish) prayer would be to say:
“God, if it is your will, please help me to have the desire to attend church services.”
Or what about a prayer that requests love from God? To pray in this manner is sheer nonsense. Who would pray to God asking if he wants us to serve him?
The only answer that such a person will receive is the same response that Moses heard:
“Why do you cry to me?” Go forward Moses; go and cross the Red Sea; go and do my will.
In simpler terms, the Christian shouldn’t pray over matters in which God’s will is more than explicit. The only thing left for us to do, is to obey. Therefore if we have done harm, or insulted a brother, we should not pray if it is God’s will that we reconcile. It is God’s will, so let us not pray, but obey.
Or perhaps God is calling you to some ministry, but you are praying, “Here I am, but send Shawn!” Again I tell you: Do not pray, just obey.
If you are happy today, then sing; and if you are sad, by all means do pray. Pray also if you don’t know God’s will, or if you are in need.
But if you know God’s will, God is telling you:
“Do not pray, just obey!”