Self-Development Lessons: Blessings Are Seasonal – Joshua 5:11-12

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Song of the Week

Song: As It Is (In Heaven) by Hillsong Worship


11 On the day after Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened bread, and roasted grain. 12 And the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the Israelites no longer had manna, but they ate some of the produce of the land of Canaan during that year.”

– Joshua‬ ‭5:11-12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

There are points of my life where I considered everything worthless, where I wanted to give up on everything. And this wasn’t before I was saved. They happened after, and they are still happening.

Maybe for you, it was some time ago. Perhaps you’re right in the middle of it.

But whatever it is, I wanted to let you know this:

God provides in the wilderness.

Wilderness does not need to mean the literal woods. Wilderness, in essence, refers to a place where you feel lost and lonely. Most importantly, it is a place where you feel hopeless.

Not only did God provide them with manna, but He also provided a feast!

God is not going to let you die in the wilderness.


How Will God Make Sure You Don’t Die?

When the Israelites got out of Egypt, God made sure they had enough necessities to survive. Heck, God made sure the Israelites never ran out of manna.

As the Israelites made progress towards the Promised Land, God’s provision did too. The Israelites progressed just as God had planned.

All plans are not static. If your business plan or your personal plans are static, something is wrong. I’m no business expert, but I know enough about business is that every business should aim for growth. Likewise for personal plans.

So when a business’s long term plan is nothing, its growth is stunted.

God’s plan, on the other hand, is not static. He wants us to grow. That’s why He chooses to help us. God keeps our best interest at heart.


God’s Plan for Your Life

For the Israelites in Joshua 5, they were progressing. That’s why God changed His method of progression. Admittedly, this method is better than manna in terms of choice.

When God changed his provision of manna to the produce from the land, He stopped providing manna.

Here is a self-development lesson you need to realize: God takes back his old provisions to make room for the new ones.

You need to make room for growth. You need to have clarity on your purpose. This is a significant principle in the Bible, though not explicitly mentioned.

Yet, when God changes His method of providing in your life, many of you might rebel. It could be because it is unfamiliar, don’t use the wrong formula to get the right answer; learn that uncomfortable situations can mean God’s presence too.

Remember this:

God will make sure you don’t die in the desert.

God will make sure you don’t die in the desert.

How do I know this? Because if you died now, you wouldn’t be able to fulfill your God-given destiny in the future; this destiny is unique to you; no one else can replace you.

He’ll make sure you have enough to get through the next day until it is the day of your miracles.


Call to Action

In summary, God will provide, so don’t engage in self-sabotaging habits and focus on your next step.

Do this mindfulness activity: Is there an area of your life that makes you especially anxious?

If so, look at the Israelites. If God provided for them in the desert for decades, God would surely provide for you too.

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