Psa 37:18-19 “The LORD knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.”
Have you ever sat at a meal and eaten too much? I don’t mean at Thanksgiving where probably everyone eats just a little more than they should. I mean where you eat enough but repeatedly continuing to eat until you are “full” or “stuffed” or even to where you hurt from eating too much. This is a common occurrence in the lives of many people.
Why do people eat past the point of satisfaction – eating until they feel uncomfortably stuffed? Could it be that they are already trying to satisfy their future hunger? That they want to eat enough to hold them for a long time? This has been written about and it is a unconscious fear for many people. You could say it’s a product of the “fear of not being satisfied,” or, not trusting that your next meal will be there when you want it.
Does that sound silly? It’s not. Let me show you. In Exodus 16:4 we see the Lord trying to teach His people to learn to trust Him. It says, “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.” The Lord through Moses also instructed them to use up what He gave them. If they had more than they needed – share it, but don’t keep it until the next day or it would turn to maggots. Why did the Lord want to test them? Not to find out what they would do. He knew what they would do. He wanted them to see for themselves that they didn’t trust Him. We see their test score the next day. Exodus 16:20 says, “However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.”
They flunked the test! Why? For fear of not having enough. The fear of “not being satisfied” – of not trusting that God would do for them what He said if they would just trust and obey Him. That fear causes people to hoard up.
This is where having faith in God’s promises becomes critical. The promise says, “In the days of famine we shall be satisfied.” Faith in that promise is such a powerful force. To get over and be delivered of the fear of not having enough later or tomorrow – to instead get to a position of faith where we hold on to God’s promise that we will be “satisfied” – can literally set people free from a multitude of things.
If you skip a meal, you might experience a hunger pain but you will not die. You may experience a different type of hunger pain or temporary sense of lack in other areas but you won’t die. Trust God for His provision and as a child of God hold on to your inheritance – to that promise of faith, that even in famine, because of the Lord’s faithfulness, you will be satisfied!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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