I am saddened by the fact that this scripture has often been used by the enemy to sow the seeds of greed amongst God's own children but just because something is misused does not mean it is not true. God truly does supply all our need and it does not merely relate to our financial state. God provides ALL our needs whether they are physical, emotional or spiritual. Unfortunately, we sometimes do not want what God provides. We want something else and therein lies the problem. We want something else.
Remember the story of how God provided manna for the Children of Israel as they journeyed to The Promised Land? God provided them with manna, food from Heaven and yet after a time, they became dissatisfied with God's provision. They wanted the food of this world. Tired of their complaining, God gave them what they wanted. He sent them quail. At first they were delighted but inflamed by greed, they ate too much and many became sick and died. Their greed destroyed them. They would have been better off sticking with manna, eh?
Until I wrote the preceding paragraph, I had never thought much about the greed aspect of this story. I'd never thought much about why they became sick and died but suddenly the reason was staring me straight in the face. Their story is a warning to us. It is better to feast at God's table than at the table of the world.
The World's table is piled high with all sorts of enticing delicacies. It looks good, smells good and even tastes good. Oh and there then there is that delightful feeling you get when you are eating a scrumptious meal. Mmm... yummy! :dinner:
Then there is God's table. You sit down at His table and a plate of manna is set before you. There are no second or third helpings today. There is just one serving because God says that is all you need today but you can be sure that you will have another serving tomorrow. Hmm...
The light of the day is fading. You survey the Table of the World you have been feasting at. It is covered with dirty dishes and scraps of food which will be disposed of as garbage. Suddenly, you don't feel so good. You feel bloated and even a bit nauseated as you survey the mess lying before you. Perhaps this wasn't such a good idea after all.
You glance over at God's table which is still pristine. The people over there are lingering over their manna, engaged in conversation with God and one another. There is an air of contentment about them as their laughter fills the air. They have exactly what they need when they need it. They have enough.
Which table do you wish to sit at?
My God supplies all my needs but never my greeds I wonder though do we sacrifice spiritual needs in favour of physical needs? I ask this question to myself, not to others.
[quote]Then there is God's table. You sit down at His table and a plate of manna is set before you. There are no second or third helpings today. There is just one serving because God says that is all you need today but you can be sure that you will have another serving tomorrow.[/quote]
Reminds me of Gods reply to Paul My grace is sufficient.