by Jason Cruise
God provides, and any man worth his spiritual salt would be quick to testify to such a truth. Understand, however, that God doesn't provide, over and over again, just to make life easier on you.
When God's people were trekking through the wilderness out of Egypt, they were hungry. Hunting is hard enough, but I cannot imagine trying to feed a family on what you can drag home from the desert floor. God provided for His people something called "manna." Bread from heaven, as seen in Exodus 16.
While God wanted to keep His people from starvation, the greater purpose of God proving manna to His people wandering in the desert was to teach them of His sovereign ability to provide not just food, but everything else they needed to make it through life. He wanted to teach them that He was the joy giver, and that life's provisions came from Him.
God doesn't waste an experience. He takes you through all of life's experiences, giving you your own version of a cloud to follow by day and fire by night to navigate the unknown. He's showing you His strength for your future Jordan River moments of crisis when you will need to remember, based on experiences in your past, that He truly is able.