By Oke Chinye
Read: Numbers 11:1-35
“And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy” (Ps 78:18).
s you present your requests to The Almighty, make certain that you are not asking Him for what is called the ‘food of fancy’. The ‘food of fancy’ is anything you desire for purely selfish reasons: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes or the pride of life. James 4: 3 states “you ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures”. Seeking to fulfil God’s purpose for your life will lead to peace and fulfilment, whilst the ‘food of fancy’ will eventually lead to physical or spiritual death.
In today’s reading, the children of Israel complained against God’s daily supply of manna. They had no idea why God chose to feed them with manna in the wilderness. Perhaps it was what was best for their digestive systems in that environment, but they rebelled and murmured against God. Then He gave them the food of their fancy: quail. “But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was aroused against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague” (Number 11:33).
God promises to hear you if you ask according to His will, and you are not left to figure this out on your own. The Holy Spirit helps our infirmities, for we know not what to pray for. “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Rom 8:27 NIV).
So, are you asking for the ‘food of fancy’ or are you asking in accordance with God’s will? Could it be that reason why that request has not been granted is because it falls into the category of “the food of fancy”? Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart this day.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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