from ron caoua, Leadership school student
There are times in our lives when we feel lost or empty. These moments can be triggered by the death of a family member, a difficult work environment, financial hardship, or just plain loneliness. We’ve all had those moments; moments when we wonder, “Where are you Lord? Why am I going through this?”
When we look at the children of Israel after wondering the desert, Moses instructs them with these powerful words – “Remember that the Lord your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8:2-3 HCSB)
Notice the order of priority in these verses; first God, then food. So many times, we focus on our needs and lose sight of our Heavenly Provider. God humbled His children by letting them go hungry…only to provide for them in a way they had never seen before…so that they might learn.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matt 6:33)
Whatever our prayer may be during this time of fasting, let us remember to put things in the proper order – first God, then food.