Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 78:19-31. In this Scripture Asaph talks about how the children of Israel spoke against God even after He had done so much for them. As they were wandering in the wilderness they questioned how God would provide water for them. He had Moses perform another miracle for them by using his staff to hit a rock and water flowed out of the rock and gave them plenty of water for all of their needs. With examples like this why do we ever question whether God can meet our needs?
I know when I lost my job it was devastating for me. My salary was half of our income at the time. I worried about how we would pay our bills. I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough money to take care of our basic needs.
God had to show me that He was my provider and He could provide for me any way He chose. I had to humble myself and accept that God had chosen my husband to work and provide for our family’s needs.
Shortly after I lost my job my husband got another job paying one and one-half times as much as his previous job. He has continued through different jobs to increase his salary to provide our needs. I can honestly say we have never gone without our basic needs and God has supplied many of our wants, as well. He loves us and wants the best for us. He wants us to trust Him completely.
The Israelites wondered how God would feed them in the wilderness. He rained down manna from heaven every day to feed them, but that wasn’t good enough, either.
They complained because they wanted meat to eat so God caused birds to fall from the skies, so much so that they ate them until they were sickened by them. I guess this is a lesson for us to be careful what we ask for, because we might get it.
While they were still filling the lust of their flesh with the birds, God’s wrath poured out against them. He killed some of their men and brought the chosen men of Israel to their knees. It’s a sad day when God is forced to pour His wrath out against His children because of their disobedience in order to cause them to repent and turn back to Him.
If you are a parent, you know how it makes you feel when you have to discipline your children because they are disobedient. It grieves your heart to have to correct them, but you know you cannot allow their disobedient ways to continue because they will only worsen. At some point you have to pull in the reigns and stop the process from happening, or watch them destroy themselves in the process. It’s not easy, but it must be done. As parents we can get a little glimpse into the way it must make God feel when He has to correct our paths.
Daily Bible Reading:
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
Things to think about:
- Are you thankful for what God has provided for you?
- What causes you to complain about what you do or don’t have?
- How can we show our gratitude to God for His provisions?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 78. We see through this Scripture that You are all powerful and You can supply all of our needs, whatever they might be. Help us to be grateful for Your provisions. Help us not to complain about what we don’t have, but be thankful for what You have provided for us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 3 Chapters 61-90
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The Book of Psalms:Part 3 Chapters 61-90 by Deborah H. Bateman is 28th book in the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of Psalms contains 150 chapters. Deborah divided The Book of Psalms into five books to make it easier to read and study. Each book contains approximately thirty chapters from the book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 will not be included in The Book of Psalms since Deborah has already published a book about it called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet.
The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from his enemies.
The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.
The Book of Psalms: Part 3 Chapters 61-90 contains fifty Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individuals or group studies.
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