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The Honors Program

Dr. David Miller, Joshua 5:12 Devotional

By January 21, 2022 No Comments

Joshua 5:12 – The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.

Over the 40 years before this passage, the roaming Israelites were led by Moses, and food was provided directly by God. By this point in history, Moses was dead, Joshua took the leadership reigns, and, with God’s miraculous help, the people conquered the inhabitants of the promised land to claim it for God and His people. That’s right, for 40 years, God provided daily manna (sweet bread) from heaven and quail (Ex. 16) for every Israelite man, woman, and child. That is AMAZING. God promised to protect and provide for His people, but every meal, every day, for (likely) millions of people? That is going above and beyond. The gratitude from these wonderers must have been exuberant. It was not. No, these people complained relentlessly about their circumstances, the weather, the leadership, the long days, and, of all things, the food. The thing is, God gave them what they needed, not what they wanted. It was a test (Ex. 16:4). God wanted to provide them with enough to survive along with specific guidelines to see if they would follow the instructions (obedience) and be content with their needs being met (gratitude). They ultimately failed this test, but God continued to provide. Isn’t that the life of a parent? You give and provide daily, consistently, and the very ones you sacrifice for complain and grumble about your provision. I don’t like this meal. I want that toy instead. I would have preferred a different car. I need a bigger TV for my dorm room. It is difficult to give and give with little to no gratitude in return (not to mention obedience). If you are a parent, you will keep giving because you love your kids (and the state requires it). Just keep in mind, God has done more for you and gotten less back than you will ever experience with your kids. If you are not yet a parent, it would be wise to show your parent/provider some gratitude and appreciation for their efforts. The bottom line, though, God provides for our needs. Sometimes it’s just enough, but it is always there. He only asks us for obedience, but gratitude would be nice too. Never forget that He loves you and provides for you despite your sinfulness and lack of commitment.

David Miller, is the Associate Dean for the traditional program, assistance professor of Bible and theology, Director of the honors program.

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