Monday, May 18, 2009

Bread from Heaven

2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and the people of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat."
Exodus 16:2-3 & 14-15, English Standard Version

Bread from Heaven

Have you ever wondered what the manna that God sent to the children of Israel tasted like? In this day of concerns over our diets, we would probably give anything to have manna today! I imagine it covered several food groups, and of course, nothing in it was imitation!

Often when I read though the first few books of the Old Testament, it seems as though all Israel does is complain! This time, they were sure God had brought them out to the wilderness to die of hunger! Of course, God had no such intention; He had planned all along to feed them.

Do we complain about the circumstances that God sends our way? Especially in America we have so much in the way of material things, and even in the choices of the foods we eat. Yet, we Americans complain more than anyone!

My sister went on a mission trip to Mozambique last summer. She was amazed by how little the people had, and yet how happy they were! They certainly put us to shame.

As Christians, we need to be very careful about complaining, because we are really complaining to God about the circumstances He has sent, whether it be weather, economic difficulties, health, etc. Take some time today to think about all of the wondrous blessings God has given you, and then pray for help from Him to show that gratitude throughout the day.

Remember that when you are ready to complain,

"It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat."

God Bless You,

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