Abundance and Discontentment

23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;
24 he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.
26 He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.
27 He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.
28 He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.
29 They ate till they were gorged—he had given them what they craved. Psalm 78:23-29

Asaph was very descriptive about what God had provided for His people. The language is all about abundance. “Opened the doors of the heavens,” “rained down,” “all they could eat,” “rained meat down,” “ate till they were gorged.” Abundance. There was no shortage of anything.

But it was a daily subsistence. They had to trust that tomorrow they’d have enough food. In their lives, it was like the sun rising and setting; there was never any indication it would not happen.

Now, I can’t imagine eating the same thing day after day for years, mainly because we have a different kind of abundance in the West. But what they had was sufficient.

But they wanted more. They weren’t satisfied.

Lord God,
Help us to learn the clear lesson the Israelites have taught us through these verses: be content with what you have.


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