Manna for the Day

When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, God provided them with food called manna. The word “manna” is a Hebrew word that literally means “what is it?” The Israelites didn’t know what it was, but they discovered that it was nutritious and filling. They were instructed to gather only as much manna as they needed for each day, except the day before the Sabbath when they were to gather enough for two days. They discovered that if they gathered any extra it would spoil. See Exodus 16 (NIV).

Gathering only as much as was needed was a definite test in trusting God to provide. Because He is faithful and trustworthy, God always came through and there was always enough manna.

This past year of blogging, I have discovered that trusting God for what to write is kind of like trusting Him to provide manna in the desert. There have been times when I thought I would write ahead, spend a Saturday writing for the following week. Occasionally this worked when I really wasn’t going to have time to write the following week, like before we headed off to vacation. But other times I just couldn’t seem to think of anything to write ahead.

Last week, for example, while I was off work for the week before Christmas I was going to write this whole week’s worth of blog posts so I didn’t have to do any writing this final week of the year. But for some reason I just couldn’t get it done. I was left to trust God to provide something to write. So far He has come through, and knowing how faithful and trustworthy He is I know He will provide for the remainder of the week.

This is just one of many lessons in trust that we can learn from the story of the manna God provided in the desert. We all go through desert times. We all have times when it seems we can barely get through each day as we wander in seek of the promised land. It is during these times that we must trust in God to provide. I’ve discovered for myself that He always does.

But the Israelites didn’t wander in the desert wilderness forever. Eventually they reached the promised land, which was flowing with milk and honey and an abundance of good foods. Although they still were called to trust God, it was more of a “big picture” trust and not a daily food thing.

I think it is the same for us. Sometimes God takes us through wilderness experiences so we learn to trust daily for some basic and distinct need. He uses these times of intense trusting to teach us about big picture trust so that we will not forget Him when we emerge from the wilderness into the promised land.

We must always remember to trust God in and for all things. As James reminded us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV). Whether we are in the desert wilderness or the promised land, our faithful and trustworthy God will provide for what we need.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


3 Responses

  1. I loved this reminder and how He definitely showcased it through your post a day challenge. : ) I was thinking of something just today, feeling I needed to say something, to warn that things are not going to go well . . .when this is exactly what He brought to me. Where does that show my trust of Him to take care of us in this? Keeping quiet and trusting. God bless you as you trust in Him too!

    • Deb, Sometimes I think it is hardest to trust in the little things, but I know you do trust Him for the big things, the important things. That’s what matters. Though trusting Him in and for the little things sure makes life less stressful. 😉 Peace, Linda

      • Amen, sisters Debbie and Linda! I don’t know about you two, but it seems my trust/faith level decreases when I’m just over-tired. That used to really alarm me–like, “what’s happening??” And then I went through a phase where I was sure it was an “attack of the enemy” (over spiritualizing it). But recently, God spoke to me as only a good Father would–He said, “honey lamb, you’re just tired–this will all look (& feel) better tomorrow, after you’ve had a good sleep.” That was wonderfully comforting–I didn’t have to worry and over-analyze it, and wear myself out further!!

        Love to my sisters!!!

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