A tourist visited a old monastery that was only accessible by rope. The tourist got in a large basket with a monk. Other monks begin to pull the basket to the top. The tourist looked at the frayed rope and asked, "How often they replaced the rope." The monk answered, "Whenever it breaks." This was not the answer he was looking for. It might work for the ones that get the new rope but for him it was not very reassuring.
When the children of Israel made their way through the wilderness for forty years they were supplied with clothes and sandals that never wore out (Deuteronomy 29:5). It is just another example in a long list of examples of how God provided for His people. Many go through life trying a whole host of solutions to the problems they face, when all along God has provided that which will never wear out, that which would be the perfect solutions to their problems. As Peter reminds us, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. the grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever" (I Peter 1:24-25).
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