In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord, your God, who went ahead of you on your journey in the fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and show you the way you should go. NIV
Again and again, throughout the Bible, we are reminded not to worry.
Repeatedly, we are called to trust God.
And yet, we don’t.
This verse reminds me that to trust in God is both a command and a privilege. God expects it, and, it hurts him when we don’t do it.
Here, he tells the people to look at all He has done for them. He has gone ahead of them on every step of their journey out of Egypt and through the dessert. He has made himself known to them in palpable ways … in a pillar of cloud by day, of fire by night. He has provided for their every need, spreading manna each morning for them to gather.
And, I love the example of manna. If I’m recalling correctly, manna couldn’t be kept overnight … if so, it went bad. The Israelites had to gather new manna each day, except on the Sabbath … they were permitted to gather two days worth prior to the Sabbath and it would not go bad on the Lord’s day.
Each day, I must trust God with everything that day holds.
Just like the Israelites needed the daily ritual of gathering their miracle food to remind them of the source of their strength and their salvation, I must spend time with God each day to nurture my relationship with Him … to cement my dependence on Him … to grow in my trust of Him.
God is my provider. He knows that. I know that.
God calls me to trust Him … not to worry, but to trust.
Trust is serious business.
That’s what I’ll think about today.