3rd, December 2016
Deuteronomy 8: 1 – 18 (AMP)
He humbled you and allowed you to be hungry and fed you with manna, [a substance] which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, so that He might make you understand [by personal experience] that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord… lest your heart will become lifted up [by self-conceit and arrogance] and you will forget the Lord your God… “He fed you manna in the wilderness…so that He might humble you [by dependence on Him] and that He might test you, to do good [things] for you at the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember [with profound respect] the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth.
The Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land after many years of sojourn in the wilderness. Before they began the process of possessing the land of Canaan, Moses found it most needful to prepare them for the new kind of life they would be living. They knew how to live as slaves. In the wilderness, they had learnt to live dependent on the Father but Canaan was going to offer a new challenge and they had to be prepared for it. In his exhortation, Moses revealed some spiritual truths about working to them.
He reminded them that the Father had taken care of them in the wilderness, without their input. As such, they should know that working in the Promised Land is not about survival or personal agenda. The Father had other plans for making them work, rather than keep raining manna and quails for their sustenance, providing shelter with the cloud of Glory, or preventing their clothing from getting old/worn-out.
When Adam started work, he was to work in an already created garden. Also, when Israel were to start working (after the wilderness), they were to work in an already blessed and prepared land. Just like Adam, the Israelites were basically tending and keeping the land the Father graciously gave to them as a gift. We work to sustain what the Father has already provided/made. Working is about taking care of the Father’s creation or works. We work to continue the works of the Father. Recall that we are an extension of the Father, hence instead of the Father doing the work we do the work.
All good and perfect gift are from the Father and oftentimes He releases these gifts through men or new creatures. The cars, air conditioning units, clothing, shoes, the internet, etc. are all gifts from the Father for the comfort of man and new creatures, and for the furtherance of the gospel. The mechanic must work with the understanding that he is offering a service that in its little way is an expression /continuance of the Father’s provident care for the inhabitants of earth. The lecturer must teach with the understanding that she is collaborating with the Father in the raising and training of the next generation.
Work is about offering service and by so doing, being part of the Father’s solution to the challenges on the earth.
I am a solution bearer to my world. I am an extension of the Father and I do the part of the work allocated to me. I am service minded. I work to make a difference. I work so that the world through me may experience the Father’s good and perfect gifts. Hallelujah!!
Psalm 115: 16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Matthew 5: 13 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68