NOT YOUR CUP OF TEA?

Numbers 11:4:-6 The RABBLE with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, ‘IF ONLY WE HAD MEAT TO EAT! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost – also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; WE NEVER SEE ANYTHING BUT THIS MANNA!”

A strong but angry statement right there…WE NEVER SEE ANYTHING BUT THIS MANNA! In other words, manna was ‘not their cup of tea.’ These are the words the children of Israel chose to let us know what they thought about GOD’S KITCHEN. Every culture has its identity and FOOD is one of them. What may grow or breed in one country or continent may not necessarily grow or breed in another. Hence, we eat what our geographical regions can offer…at least in most cases. The same was true of the children of Israel. For one, they were in the DESERT…a wild space with no much greenery and no water apart from some oasis. So let’s face it. It was impossible for them to do anything with the land even if they wanted to.

But here is the truth: THE ONE who sends rain on the righteous and on the wicked had placed them there. Yes, at the place of unfruitfulness for a time, because He wanted them to die to their own efforts before they could inherit…A LAND WITH LARGE, FLOURISHING CITIES they did not build, HOUSES filled with all kinds of good things they did not provide, WELLS they did not dig, and VINEYARDS AND OLIVE GROVES they did not plant where they could eat and be satisfied. Deuteronomy 6:10-11

You see, a man can never find satisfaction from HIS OWN EFFORTS. And God knows that. When God plans to bless you…He thinks of generations. God is much more interested in an ENDURING INHERITANCE much more than a one time blessing. But before you can inherit, you have to learn the lesson in the one time blessing. Manna was given on an everyday basis in order to train the children of Israel to always depend on God for their every need…on a DAY-TO-DAY basis. Yet…what they would inherit would be FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.

The question remains today: Have you died to your own efforts? Do you trust God enough to meet your needs on a day-to-day basis? Do you see yourself as an heir? What is the TASTE OF GOD’S KITCHEN IN YOUR MOUTH? God knows the answer and so do you!

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8 thoughts on “NOT YOUR CUP OF TEA?

  1. Love your site. This post and the comments reminded strongly of Paul’s writing to the church at Corinth: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ESV)

    Tough lesson to learn, but such a vital one.

    God bless.

  2. That is a humbling verse. I know i grow discontent with my daily bread and can find myself wandering in search for other food. But it always ends in spoiled food.

    I thank the Lord for grace!

  3. I totally agree. It’s so easy for us to forget our source when we can depend on our own strength. The feeling of being out of control is often a blessing to stir us back close to God. Your posts reminded me that he is training me of the greater mission that God has called us to fulfilled and this training is for my endurance in future. Thank you.

    • Hi Joisle. Yes, we all must endure our ‘training’ sessions i.e class theory but the difference comes when the practicals comes. Thanks for your additional words on this. God wants us WHOLE. You are blessed.

      Love, Gladwell

  4. I hadn’t seen this so clearly before, how the day-to-day is the training for generation-to-generation. So it’s precisely because of the long-term view that we need to learn the lesson of the moment.

    Thanks for helping me see this better!

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