The Best Place to Look

Lysa TerKeurst

Day: 16 | Plan: Exodus

Today's Reading: Exodus 16

Exodus 16:4 (NIV) Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.’” 

For years God’s people had been looking in many directions to get their daily needs met. They looked down at crops growing from the land. Their meat came from looking out at the available livestock. And they looked to their Egyptian slave masters in order to be told when they could eat and how much they could eat.

Now, God has taken them away from that land, those provisions and those slave masters. 

They are no longer slaves.

They are technically free.

But as long as their routines are chained to slave habits, slave thinking and slave activities, they won’t ever experience real freedom.

Real freedom won’t occur with just an external relocation. It requires a complete internal renovation.

And God was brilliant in working on this internal change using their most basic daily need — food. He took them out to the desert where they would not be able to look down at the land, or out to the herds, or over to their slave masters to get their needs met.

They would have to look up.

Their food would come from Him and Him alone. He would rain down just enough bread each day to sustain them. They would have to develop a new daily habit, new thinking and new activities in order to get their food.

They were no longer slave people. They were God’s people. And God’s people must learn to look to Him.

And isn’t it interesting that God says He will use their basic need of food and the unique way of providing it, to test and see if His people will follow His instructions.

I wonder if God still does this today. Not that He is raining down bread from heaven. But I do think He wants us to experience the true freedom that comes from depending on Him — looking to Him — trusting Him to meet our needs.

And He wants to know if we will follow His instructions to get our provision met instead of trying to figure everything out on our own.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess that all too often I am like the Israelites. I spend my time trying to figure things out for myself and I forget to look to You. I want to experience the freedom that comes from depending on You and You alone.  I ask that the next time I begin to look to myself instead of You that You would stop me in my tracks. Remind me that it is You alone I should turn to. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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