Needs Met

Nehemiah 9:20
“You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.”

Nehemiah is reflecting back upon how God faithfully met the needs of His people as they struggled through their wilderness journey. He speaks regarding the Spirit, the manna and the miraculous supply of water. If it were not for the provision of God there is no way Israel could have been sustained.

Their journey in the wilderness is both a real life historical incident as well as an illustration of the Christian life. The struggles they faced with difficulty, opposition, fear and periods of wanting faith are not unfamiliar to everyone who attempts to walk with Christ. It is important to know that the same God who provided for them will provide for us today.

When Israel was in want the Lord always had a remedy. At times water was supplied from very unlikely places, but there was always enough. A desert is incapable of supplying food for the masses so God sent bread from heaven. When Israel faced an enemy who threatened their safety it was the Spirit of God that enabled them to have victory.

The same will be true for us today. There are times in life where we face situations that seem to have no remedy. We may be facing financial problems, relational issues or just the daily struggles that come with life in a fallen world. Remember the same God that supplied for Israel will supply for you.

Jim

 

Cover It Up

Genesis 9:21
“Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.”

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/b9a/30989304/files/2015/01/img_1295.jpgOnce the waters had resided and the ark settled, Noah and his family exited the ark to begin a new life. They would have to survey the land, build shelter, plant crops, and much more. It is interesting to me, of all the events that must have transpired, the Scriptures only focus upon a few. We read in Genesis 8, Noah offered sacrifice to the Lord. We can assume, after all he experienced, he was still a very godly man. We read in Chapter 9,  a covenant between God and man was re-established, based upon the shedding of blood. When we come to the story before us, having settled in the new world with his new life, we find Noah indulging in wine and becoming fall-down drunk. As we continue through the Bible, we will see clearly that drunkenness is both foolish and forbidden. In our text, it is not the sin of Noah that is the focus of our attention, but the sin of his son, Ham.

It seems Noah had so much to drink he passed out naked in his tent. Whether his son was looking to find error in his father, or he just stumbled upon him, we are not told. We do know, Ham found his naked father, and went off to tell anyone who would listen. The reaction of his two brothers is quite heroic. Instead of mocking, condemning, or making a spectacle of their father, they simply cover him up. In so doing, they are covering up his failure. The next morning, when Noah awakens, he realizes what has happened and speaks prophetically concerning his sons. A curse is promised to Ham, while blessing is promised to Shem and Japheth.

Proverbs 10:12
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.”

This story teaches us an important truth about dealing with sin. First, we learn that even the godliest of men can stumble. Second, we find it is not our responsibility to broadcast the sins of others, but to help them overcome sin. The actions of Ham did nothing more than ridicule the failure of his father, while Shem and Japheth work toward restoration. They did not condone the sin of their father, but sought to restore his dignity that he might get back to following the Lord.

Pastor Jim