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This Week We're Looking at Manna
I have always been a planner. Among a group of friends, I’m probably the one with the schedule trying to keep everything on track. While planning isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, for me, it stems from the fear of not having enough. If I don’t plan, things might not work out and if they don’t work out, I might miss out on something I need.
"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 16:15
It was nothing like what they were used to in Egypt but it was still God’s provision.
I’ll be honest, when my world has been shaken up like theirs was, I’ve felt the same way. Still, God has faithfully provided.
God often takes us through uncertain seasons like these so that we learn to trust that we are safe and secure in His hands.
It is important to look to God as our source. Whether our life situation is stable or unpredictable, it is God Who ultimately provides for us. Sometimes, in seasons of stability, we trust more in our provision than we trust in the Provider. No matter where we are in life, God wants us to recognize that all good gifts come from Him.
Eventually, Israel entered into the stable land of Canaan:
"The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan." Exodus 16:35
But even in Canaan, they needed to remember that God was their provider.
"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
Material provision isn’t enough. Those things are important but ultimately, we need the Lord. We need His direction and guidance.
We lack nothing with God. Sure, we’ll walk through shaky, confusing, and uncertain seasons but if He is with us, we have everything we need.
"You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst." Nehemiah 9:20
God does not withhold good gifts from us. There were times I had no idea where my next freelance job would come from. But, God always opened a door at the right time. I’ve learned to trust that He knows exactly what He’s doing. Right now, I’m back at a place that feels shaky and confusing. But, I trust that God has a plan.
If you are in a hard season right now, trust that God is with you. If you are in a stable season, remember that all of your provision comes from God and not yourself. Regardless of where we are, may we recognize that He Himself is our daily bread and if we abide in Him, we will lack nothing.
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What does Manna mean to you?
11/3/2020 09:26:33 am
I can get frustrated and anxious when I don't see the answer or see how things will work out. But I have to remember that God is the One who sees and provides, and I can rest in Him.
11/4/2020 04:06:31 pm
Me too, Barbara. And you would think I'd know better. After all, I've seen Him provide in the most miraculous ways over and over and over again! :)
11/4/2020 05:13:41 pm
Donna, I do the same. Give my burdens to God and then, sometimes, almost immediately, take them back again. I find it difficult to leave them at the feet of Jesus and let Him work things out. I love how you wrote, "He has a purpose in every hard path." That is so true!
This is an insightful look at manna. While it sometimes doesn't look like I think it will, I have definitely seen God provide in my life. Trusting in Him has brought an immeasurable amount of peace to my life. Thank you Shante, and thank you for hosting Patsy!
11/4/2020 05:16:13 pm
I love the word, manna, Marielle. It just screams "provision" and Shanté did an excellent job getting the point across that God is our Provision and He WILL provide. I love where she wrote, “Yet, I have never lacked anything.” :)
11/3/2020 02:09:55 pm
I'm glad that God not only gives us what we need, but he gives himself. Who could have imagined that? We are truly blessed with far more than manna.
11/4/2020 05:17:39 pm
Yes, Lisa! He gives us Himself. I'm so glad Shanté brought out that point in her post. So much more than manna!
11/3/2020 03:28:57 pm
Give us this day our daily bread. He's been doing it since the great exodus. Manna.
11/4/2020 05:19:28 pm
And He IS our Daily Bread, Susan! Daily Bread for this hungry soul. I am so grateful! Our Daily Bread. Our Manna.
11/3/2020 09:14:51 pm
It's just so true that often we look at God's gifts and provision for us and, like Israel, we say, "What is it?"
11/4/2020 05:21:02 pm
LOL We are SO just like Israel sometimes, Michele! So like them in so many ways.
11/4/2020 12:18:59 pm
Every time I read the story of God's provision it is a good reminder to me that He will provide for me too. Lessons in trust.
11/4/2020 05:23:17 pm
Manna is for sure a lesson in trust, Lauren! When I look back at all the "Provision" He has been to me, and for me, I should easily trust. I should trust more, without question. But sometimes that isn't the case. These were good reminders today!
6/1/2023 11:53:11 am
Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt and inspiring article about God's love letter. Those words truly capture the essence of how God provides for us in ways that are both miraculous and personal. The article on manna is a beautiful reminder that God's love is constant, even in the midst of life's challenges.
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