Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Whatever you have today is just enough to get you to the next point in your life

Do you ever find yourself complain about life? Do you complain because there isn’t enough for you in this world? Do you complain because life isn’t giving you what you deserve? Do you think you deserve more than what you have today? Are you trying to meet your needs by the hard work of your own hands?

Well, if your answer is yes, just know that you are not the only one going through such an occasion. I myself have made countless complains about not having enough in this life. I remember those times when I was a kid, my friend would get a nice toy, and I will complain why it hadn’t been me, a smell of a delicious meal from our neighbors would come through the window and I would ask myself, why are we always having ugali? Growing up, life was still not fair, in school others would get high grades and I still complained about that too, it was a part of my life, others would have said it the beauty of being human.

See, life is not always fair or equal, there are others getting more out of it that we do, but what are we doing about it? Are we doing something worth it, or are we just sitting around and doing that one thing we’re best at ‘complaining’.

It’s very hard to find someone who can confirm that they are fully satisfied. Even the richest person on the planet can tell you how much more they need, despite the fact they are billionaires/millionaires; there is always an empty space that needs to be filled.  Why do we always feel this way? Why do we always want more and more? Is there something wrong with us? Well my friend, the answer is very simple, especially for those of us who have learned to lean on God.

When I think of situations like this I am always reminded of the Israelite crossing the desert, their food was almost gone. The little they had left from when they left Egypt wasn’t enough to feed the people. Israel became upset with God; they wanted MORE blessings rather than learn the lessons of the desert experience! They began to grumble against Moses and Aaron, Moses prayed to God about their complaints, and the Lord’s answer was as follows:

I am going to rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day’’.

When they needed food, for forty years in the desert God provided them with Manna and quails (Exodus 16:4-5), and the amazing this is that God provided just enough for them, just enough for today. Have you ever wondered if God was doing the same in your life today? It might not be the manna or the quails raining from heaven, but there are things God has given you in today’s world and he knows those things are enough for you. They were fed by the dew of God. And each day was just enough for that day, no more, no less.

‘’This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.”

In the same passage we also see that God was testing them to see if they will follow his instructions, trust in him, and gather just what they were supposed to gather. Moses watched as the people gathered what they needed and started up their cook fires. One woman in particular, a widow with three young children, didn’t head Moses’ words about taking only enough for that day, and by the next morning a putrid smell came from her tent. She wasn’t the only one who had disobeyed the commands of the Lord. Many awoke the next morning and found that their day-old manna, as the people were calling it, had spoiled. So, they were forced to gather fresh portion.

Do trust God knowing that whatever He has provided for you is just enough, or do you think that you deserve more? Can you trust God to provide for your family? Can you trust Him to help you pay invoices on time? Can you trust Him with all of those swirling dreams and ideas? Can you trust Him with your time and lay your schedule daily at His feet? Can you trust Him to give you the strength you need just to get out of bed in the morning? Can you trust him knowing that he will provide just enough? Sometimes these are the hardest questions to answer in life.

God wanted the Israelites to learn to fully trust him by knowing that he will provide what they needed, and yes, He will provide just enough to get them through the day. This time was a time to test their hearts. A time of weeding out, a time to see who will stand with God and for God. Putting your faith in God is the only investment that guarantees a great inheritance and treasures in heaven.

Trusting in God means knowing that He is and will provide just enough to meet the needs we have. I believe that whatever is in my life today is just enough for me because this is what God has provided for me, and by his love and grace I am sure that it’s enough because it gets me through the day. God will provide for you and me as He has promised, but neither will it be more or less, He will provide just enough. God is best in knowing what we need and what is best for us. Whatever he provides in your life today will be just enough to get you to the next point in your life. God asks us to trust and depend on Him daily. God gave Israel just enough so that they would learn to live on the Word of God, and I am sure that He has given us just enough for today.

In the process of knowing that God will provide just enough, we also need to learn about being content with what we already have. If we learn to be content with what God has already given us, then we will be able to see how much God has blessed. We are always blinded by wanting more rather than thanking more.

God knows what you need better that you do, and he provides just enough to get you through that one hour, that whole day, and years ahead to come. Whatever you have in your life right now be content with it, because that is what God knows you need. Philippians 4:19 tells us that God shall supply for all that we need according to His riches. When your needs arises, God’s supply will be there for you. When he sees you need more, he will provide. Not seeing that God provides just enough leads us to a more stressful life.

When there was no more wine at a wedding banquets, Jesus saved the day from embarrassment, He supplied the needed wine, he supplied just what the couples were in need of, He met their need by miraculously turning six pots of water into top-quality wine. (John 2:1–10). Now you can see how God gives us enough just for the day.

My advice to you today is to be thankful for what you have right now, and know that this is what is best for you, and it’s just what you need, it’s enough. Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5) and know that when your needs arise he shall meet them according to his riches (Philippians 4:19) because the earth and everything in it belongs to Him (Psalm 24:1)

God’s mercies are new every morning, and they will be back the next morning and the morning after that (Lamentations 3:23).  Being godly, being content, having enough, and having to trust God again tomorrow isn’t bad.  We need to be balanced in our hearts so that we live balanced, always dependent on God.  The Lord is our portion.  Just enough, when it is coming from God and through the love of His people, is actually great gain (1 Timothy 6:6), a profound encouragement, and a blessed reality.

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Rumishael Ulomi is a Freelance Christian Consultant, Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker in the areas of Christian Ministry, Business, Entrepreneurship, and Social Sector development residing in Moshi,Tanzania.


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