Saturday 2nd March
Sometimes when you are in a bad mood, God uses the smallest things to encourage us and remind us of His faithfulness. Yesterday was a prime example of this. Whilst I was wallowing in self-pity and agonising to my self, a small cute little sparrow flew down in front of me. At that point God reminded me of the song lyric ‘His eye is on the sparrow’ and the verse of God’s protection and provision of a sparrow in Matthew 10. I realised that no matter what I am going through, God is with me, will never leave me or forsake me and that His gracious hand of provision will always be stretched outwards towards me. If He looks after the sparrow then surely He will provide for me.
It seemed fitting to include that example as we look at today’s passage of God’s provision for the Israelites. As we mentioned yesterday, God’s promise to Joshua and to the rest of His people, was that He would finally lead them into the promised land but first they had to cross the river Jordan. However, yet again, God showed His power and majesty by parting the river so His people could cross over safely. His presence (in the form of the ark of the covenant) went before and stayed standing in the river until all people had passed. Remember that God goes before you to prepare your way and whilst you are walking though a challenging period in your life, He stays with you so you can safely cross over to the other side. In both the good and hard times, God’s promise is still the same as it was with Joshua ‘I will be with you always’.
So after they crossed over the Jordan and re-established their covenant with God through circumcision, the Israelites observe Passover!! This is something that probably was not a regular occurrence whilst they journeyed through the wilderness (although mentioned once in Numbers 9). Yet here we see the first communal Passover taking place after they crossed over into the Promised Land. Interestingly, this was the first food they had eaten since God started providing manna for them. Verse 12 states that on the day they ate the food of the land of Canaan, God’s divine provision of manna for the Israelites ceased.
Amazingly God had provided for His children in the dry and barren desert for 40 years and now here again God’s divine provision for His children is shown. Not only did He lead them into the Promised Land (to that land that He promised His chosen people), but once there provided for them. He said He will lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey and He did. He said He would make a way for them and He did. He said He would never leave or forsake His people and He didn’t leave them. God does what He says He will do. Trust Him, trust His words and trust that wherever He leads you, He will be with you!