Lately the word “manna” seems like it’s been coming at me from all directions. Considering no one knows exactly what manna was, and that the word itself literally means “what is it?”, there’s a lot I’ve been learning from it nonetheless. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manna)
In the wilderness when the children of Israel cried out to God for food, he provided them with this daily supply of manna. Exodus 16 records the amazing conditions of their provision. They were to gather only enough for each day and a double portion the day before the Sabbath. If they tried to hoard the manna it would become maggot-y and stink. (Think of your Green Compost bin in the heat of summer…Oh, you don’t have one? Well, think of MY Green Compost bin the heat of summer then.)
And, here’s what I’ve been thinking about…
Many of the people of God have got it all wrong these days. We act like we can get all of our spiritual nourishment on Sunday mornings, enough to last us all week. We go to church and casually approach the banqueting table, sample a little of this, a little of that, and walk away mildly satiated, expecting that little bit of food to last us through all of the week’s challenges, joys and adventures. And then we wonder why we are so burned out, so stressed out, so never enough all week long.
I speak for myself when I say, I have been maggot-y far too long.
What if we went back to believing that the children of Israel learned, that I need to
eat every day
rest on the Sabbath.
I really believe that our lives would change if we began to gather nourishment for ourselves on a daily basis, to actually have to go out and find sustenance for our souls, food from heaven, enough for the day, each day. Then maybe our Sundays together would actually feel like a celebration of our faith, a true gathering of those that hunger and thirst after righteousness. Perhaps if we came together FULL, we wouldn’t leave feeling only slightly less-empty than we came in.
I need manna for my journey. Sometimes it may be hard to define, hard to pinpoint what exactly that manna is. “Time with Jesus and His Word” sounds a bit abstract, but it is vital that we do our part to go out and gather. God promises to fill us up.
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. ”