I have been a believer almost 34 years. I have heard this message many times, as I’m sure you have as well, but for some reason the LORD has renewed my spirit with it again and I want to pass it along.
The morning manna provided to the Israelites every day parallels our own need for daily nourishment. God provided daily bread from heaven for their physical needs and to test them.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.” Exodus 16:4
God instructed Israel to gather manna every day enough for one day (except day 6 they gathered for 2 days and did not gather on the Sabbath).
The manna from heaven was not just about meeting Israel’s physical need for food but also to test and teach them about the God that delivered them out of bondage.
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3
Man does not live by bread alone, man does not live by manna alone… but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. John 6:48-51
Like our bodies need daily nourishment, our spirits need daily nourishment. As you spend time each day feasting on the Bread of Life—are you finding the Manna satisfying to your soul? Are you enjoying a time each day taking in the Word allowing it to fill you?
Just as the Lord instructed Israel to gather daily – we too are blessed by gathering daily.
This reminder has given me a fresh perspective on morning devotions, quiet time, time with the Lord or reading my Bible. Whatever it is you call it. I have started to try to retrain my mind to think of my time with the Lord as manna gathering when I get to feast on the Bread of Life through His Word and prayer. That I will find satisfaction for my soul as I come every day for the portion He has waiting for me.
That sounds very different than something I check off my to-do list. It sounds more like heaven.
Diane Hunt serves part time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.