Where are you living?
Israel’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land shows us three different places we can be living in: 1) The place of ‘not enough.’ As slaves in Egypt the Israelites were forced to depend on Pharaoh for everything. And when we’re relying on other people for what we need, rather than relying on God, we’re not truly free. And without God, we don’t have what we truly need. Jesus told the Samaritan woman: ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst’ (John 4:13-14 NIV). Elijah was living by a stream in the middle of a famine, and ravens brought him meat each day. Then one day the ravens didn’t show up, and the brook dried up. God dried up a temporary source to lead Elijah back to his true source. He’s called ‘Jehovah Jireh,’ which means ‘the Lord will provide.’ 2) The place of ‘just enough.’ In the wilderness Israel had just enough manna for each day. It’s hard when we feel we’re struggling to just get by. But we appreciate what we’ve had to struggle for, and we learn to trust God more. 3) The place of ‘more than enough.’ God’s plan for Israel was ‘a land in which you…will lack nothing’ (Deuteronomy 8:9 NKJV). And He wants abundance for us too. But it isn’t just for our own benefit. When we’re in that place of abundance we can bless others. ‘God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work’ (2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV).
Which place are you living in today? If it’s the place of ‘not enough’, ask God to help you rely on Him fully. If it’s the place of ‘just enough’, ask Him to help you trust Him more. And if it’s the place of ‘more than enough’, ask Him for the opportunities to bless others.