When we “normally” think of HUNGER,
we think about our stomachs, most of the
In our small group leader’s teachings,
the discussion of HUNGER was a HUNGER
for GOD!…continuing our teaching by Miles Welch.
Joshua 5:10–1210”On the evening of the fourteenth day
of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of
Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. 11The day
after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the
produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain.
12The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from
the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites,
but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.”
To understand the importance of this story…
we have to understand the background to the Manna.
- Manna was God’s provision to Israel in the desert
while they were wandering.
Exodus 16:4-5, 4Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain
down bread from heaven for you.”
So, six (6) days they would go outside morning and
evening and there would be bread from heaven….
enough for everyone to have their share….on the day
before Passover collect 2x as much.
It was miraculous….
- The Joshua 5 Generation was born in the desert.
They had never known God’s provision outside
of manna…until it stopped.
Manna was basically all they had ever known….
manna was normal to them, the way grocery stores and
restaurants are normal to us. It was how they ate….
then it stopped….
Someone turned off the Manna….did we forget to pay
the manna bill?
Imagine how we would feel if one day all the
grocery stores and all the restaurants stopped
having food…that must be something of how they felt.
- With the manna gone, God would provide
for Israel through the “milk and honey” of
the Promised Land.
- Wandering was no longer an option for the
Joshua 5 Generation. They had no choice but
to fight their way into the Promised Land.
Perhaps it was God’s safeguard against them failing
like their parents had done. I believe this is true…
God removes the option of wandering when he stopped
the manna. Now their only way to eat was forward, into
the unknown….into the Promised Land.
They had no option but to go into the Land…
They were hungry!
Isn’t that the way we are with our businesses? We
coast along taking for granted what we have,
expecting things to continue as they have always
been. Just working a little here and a little there.
NOT REALLY HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS!
It’s not until we feel the hunger pains that we
start our trek into the unknown, the new territory!
We can each put our own story into the “rest of
It’s then that we must decide that we’re actually
going to take new territory, or we’re going to
quit this business and join another.
Then when we get hungry again, we quit that
business and join another…
I’ve been there…. I’m sure you have too!
So from this point on let’s pull together as a team
and do what our leaders are telling us to do.
Stick with us and let’s make this work. Sure we’ll have
“start-up issues”, but that’s NORMAL.
Can’t you just imagine how the Israelite’s felt.
Moses had sent 12 into the LAND to scout it out…
Ten came back with a negative report…
This land is filled with Giants and we are but
Grasshoppers in their site. (We’ll never be able
to take the land….i.e.: Grasshopper Complex.
These men had “small thinking”. )
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack
those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread
among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had
explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those
living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. ….
WE SEEMED LIKE GRASSHOPPERS IN OUR OWN EYES,
AND WE LOOKED THE SAME TO THEM.”
Two of them (Joshua and Caleb) came back with
a “good report”. Yes there are GIANTS in the land
BUT….YOU SHOULD SEE THE SIZE OF THOSE GRAPES!!
YES, WE CAN TAKE THE LAND!!!!
REMEMBER: TO HAVE THE SUCCESS YOU WANT BUT
DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE IN YOUR LIFE,
SOMETHING MUST CHANGE. THAT SOMETHING IS YOU!
You must be HUNGRY for Success AND you must
know that YOU CAN DO IT!! And take daily ACTION,
doing INCOME PRODUCING ACTIVITIES!
In the end it was hunger that moved them from
wanderers to warriors…it always is…
As you read this, think of what YOU need to do to
accomplish your daily goals. Then begin a
systematic approach to accomplishing those
daily goals and soon…… you’ve have your
monthly goals accomplished… then your
quarterly goals….. then your annual goals…
We’re here to help!
Jerry and Diane