“And the Lord spoke unto Aaron, ‘You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any part among them; I am your part and your inheritance among the children of Israel’.”

Numbers 18:20

As Mother Teresa said, “You’ll never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.”

Are you contented today, Pilgrim? Is the Lord’s “indescribable Peace” (Phil. 4:7) filling your heart to overflowing or are you anxious and burdened down by “the cares of the world” (Mk. 4:19)?

If so, this Manna’s for you.

When the children of Israel finally entered the Promised Land after 40 years of wilderness wanderings, they began dividing up the territory among the 12 tribes. Interesting, Aaron’s tribe of Levi didn’t receive a place of their own, having to be totally dependent upon the Lord Himself for their provisions.

Yet, He did not leave them in a lurch.

Instead, He said “I am your part (Heb. ‘cheleq’—‘allotment, portion, distribution, etc.’) and your inheritance among the children of Israel.”

Why do you think the God of Abraham did that?

To keep them, as some parishioners used to joke about the parson, “poor and pious”—i.e., always in a state of dependency upon others? Or, did He know their having land of their own would cause them to develop a “settled in” attitude that breeds complacency and comfortableness?

It doesn’t really matter, does it?

No, it really doesn’t matters.

What matters is God’s words to them (“I am your part and inheritance”) are words we all need to hear—especially with our innate desire for worldly treasures instead of Heavenly ones (Mt. 6:19-21).

Sadly, too often we mope around, down-in-the-mouth like abandoned orphans forced to fend for themselves, even though Jesus said He’d never leave us in that condition (Jn. 14:18; Phil. 4:19). Does that mean we’ll always have more than enough food to eat, the finest of clothes to wear and the biggest house on the block?

No, not at all—regardless of what “health, wealth and prosperity” false prophets say.

Truly, those who follow Christ have no guarantee of continual creature comforts, especially when our Lord Himself so often had “no place to lay His Head” (Mt. 8:20) and even had to pluck corn out of someone else’s field when He was hungry (Mt. 12:1).

Yet, again, the Heavenly Father has promised to always supply our temporal needs (Ps. 37:25) and never leave us in a lurch (Ps. 23:1). And, it’s when we realize He is “our part and inheritance” that we’ll know why He’s “God’s Treasure in earthen vessels” (II Cor. 4:7).

By Tom Smith Morning Manna April 29, 2010

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