Deeper Day 287: From manna, to doves, to grapes

Recently while out for my exercise, I saw the ground covered in manna. God showed me how in a certain season He had provided us manna. Then in the next, He had provided doves. We had eaten to our fulfillment and even gorged ourselves. We had never had such extravagance and were excited. Then that left and we had manna again. Then God showed me giant grapes. These grapes were as big as someone’s face, and even bigger! You couldn’t eat one in a single bite but had to take it in a bit at a time. It was extravagant. Then I heard God say, “I taught you trust in the manna seasons. I taught you stewardship in the dove seasons and the manna season that followed it. Now I will release the promised land season, because now you know what to do with the “more””

No season of our lives is wasted. Some believers foolishly believe that seasons of struggle mean we are reaping correction, but that is not always the case. Sometimes we have more and then less and then more again so we can learn to trust. During these uncertain and fluctuating seasons, we learn to not trust in a job or finances, we learn that the only way to be steady is with God. Following His leading in all things leads to stability. Learning to thrive in all seasons is what true freedom looks like.

What if the struggles you’ve been walking out are for your strengthening, not correction? What if God is giving you the skills to steward what you have better, so He can release more to you? What if God is just as good as He says He is?

Are you willing to trust in the sparce times? Are you willing to trust in the stretching? Are you willing to stretch at all? This is the only way to grow. We can’t remain stiff and unbending if we want to walk into all that God has set aside for our lives. It’s a risk worth taking.

Prayer Moment: God, please help me to be flexible. You know I love routine and stability. Help me to trust in the in between times. Protect my heart from bitterness and disappointment. Lead me in joy and hope. I am Yours completely and forever. Guide me in the ways I should go because I don’t want to miss a thing. I adore You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Who do you want to be, Caleb or one of the crowd? Remember who finally got to see the promised land. It’s always a risk, but it’s a risk worth taking.

They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Para. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan. Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:26:30