Something Like Manna

2 Aug

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is the story of the manna in the book of Exodus. While Israel was in the wilderness on their way to the promised land, God gave the people He saved a daily gift, bread from heaven. These flakes fell and fed the multitude as they daily gathered their daily bread. If they gathered too much, it spoiled. If they failed to gather, they went without. But for all who would faithfully gather of God’s free gift, there would be sufficient food for that day.

Jesus is the bread from heaven, the new manna come to give life to the world. Through Him God has delivered us from slavery and from death because of sin. Now we are heading home, where Christ will be all in all. In the meantime, we are in the wilderness. As we walk through this life, the world, the flesh and the devil battle us at every turn. The pressures of life crush in on us and we wonder whether we will make it. But then we find every morning new mercies, new manna of grace, come down to us. The grace of the Word and prayer and Christian fellowship. The grace of the gospel and all its blessings. The grace of redeemed suffering and true worship. But the grace just sits on the ground unless we go out and gather. If we try to gather for many days the grace will spoil in our hands. “Give us this day our daily bread.” If we don’t gather at all, we end up sitting around wondering why we are so spiritually hungry. So today, go out and gather the manna of God’s sufficient grace. “His mercies are new every morning.”

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