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Journey of an Elder Brother Day Sixteen

Moses-pulled-his-hair-outMoses was called to lead a bunch of Elder Brother Types across the wilderness desert into the Promised Land. All the pictures of Moses show him with a full head of hair, but I know he must have pulled it all out by the time he passed away. Elder Brother Types do not take leadership easily. Even after being slaves for hundreds of years, they expressed their opinions quite readily. Murmur was their middle name.

manna from heavenGod provided them manna from heaven. They murmured about this after awhile. I imagine most people would. After all, we love variety. How many ways can you prepare manna? I love to read the account of the people’s first discovery of manna:

And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.’ ” And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. Exodus 16:14-18

manna from GodThe Bible reveals something about Elder Brother’s here. Do you know how to spot Elder Brother Types? By how much manna they gathered. All the EBT’s (Elderly Brother Types) gathered extra. They were the ones racing around to gather as much as they could. It was almost a contest to them.

Something unusual happened with the manna, however. The ones who gathered more had nothing left over. The people who gathered little never ran out. Paul even refers to this phenomena in 2 Corinthians 8:14, here in the context of equality and providing for others.

What does this reveal about EBT’s?

manna spoiled by wormsFirst, if they gathered too much, whatever they did not eat was spoiled with worms. It was no good the next day. EBT’s must learn to be content with what they have on a DAILY basis. We are to depend upon our Father EACH DAY for our daily bread!

Second, to avoid the stench of rotting manna, you gave away any left over manna to those who (for whatever reason) were not able to gather enough.

This lesson is important for Elder Brother’s. Don’t be so selfish that you hoard only for yourself. If you must gather a lot because of your competitive nature, do so for the purpose of GIVING TO OTHERS. This will get you closer to your younger brothers as well as your Father, because each day you come to Him for your basic needs.

Elder Brother Types tend to depend upon themselves and what they can provide for themselves. God wants EBT’s to see that all self effort is stinking worm food. If you only gather for yourself it will end up rotten, and you will barely have enough. But if you gather for the needs of others, you will never lack, you will know God’s Provision.

Elder Brothers get angry when the work of their hands is destroyed or wasted. If we learn to depend upon our Father, we will never be angry, for we will have plenty to give to others. God’s Chief Delight is to Give!

Father: Forgive me for selfishly hoarding your gifts. Teach me to depend daily upon your provisions. Teach me the importance of giving to the needs of others, that my heart might be drawn to my younger brothers.

Faith is Seeing the Invisible When Faced With the Impossible

Seeing Him Who Is Invisible

Seeing Him Who Is Invisible

God does not waste time with headaches and hangnails. When staring at the Red Sea, Moses told the people: “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today!”

He that is Invisible loves dealing with the impossible. It is a GOOD THING when have mountains on either side of us, an enemy behind us and a sea before us. It is a GOOD THING when we find ourselves in a situation that is overwhelming and impossible. When God blesses us with NEED, He will bless us with FAITH. The greatest hindrance to FAITH is lack of NEED. Faith to see the Invisible works really well in desperate situations.

faith sees the Invisible dealing with the impossibleFaith can move mountains. Jesus didn’t mention anthills. Jesus never healed a mild headache. Our Lord dealt with the impossible cases. Americans don’t like impossible situations. We can fix anything. So when God gives us an opportunity to exercise great faith, we often set it aside for a fleshly fix. We rob ourselves of the chance to see Him who is Invisible. There is little sense in saying “I believe” if you already have an alternative plan in mind. Faith works best when there is no other way out. Faith is strongest when you are completely hemmed in on all sides with NO escape plan, NO backup plan. Dare we pray for the opportunity to be completely shut up into some impossible situation? Only if we want to see Him who is Invisible. For without faith it is impossible to please Him who deals in the Impossible. For all those who come to God must believe that He is. And if we really believe He is, then we will know Him as the “I AM”.  Then, next time we face an impossible situation and ask ourselves “Can God?”, we look up and see Him who is Invisible and say “He is able!”

Prayer: May I know you as the God who is able. May I never lean unto my own understanding, but in all my ways seek to see You who are Invisible.