Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fresh Manna Daily

Can you imagine, right now, the intoxicating aroma and delicious taste of fresh, baked bread?  Yum! 

Now, can you imagine the sight and smell of yucky, old, moldy bread?  Just the thought takes away your appetite, and can make you feel rather sick.

In Exodus 16, God teaches us that while His children wandered in the desert for 40 years after He delivered them from captivity in Egypt, He sustained them with all the "bread" they needed to eat--fresh each and every morning. It was called manna and tasted like wafers made with honey. But the manna was only good for one day. The day after, it was full of maggots and began to smell.  Except on the Sabbath.  Miraculously, the manna did not decay on the Sabbath.

God sustained His people with manna, which neither they nor their fathers had known, to teach them that man does not live on bread alone but on every Word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  (Deuteronomy 8:3) Meditate on these living, breathing words because God still sustains His people with the Bread of Life, the very Word of God.

Amazingly, Jesus tells us he is the Bread of Life, claiming, “Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.  This is the bread that came down from heaven.  Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:57-58.

So the question is—are we feasting on the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ?  Are we feasting daily or are we trying to sustain ourselves by living on yesterday’s manna, or even last Sunday’s manna? Old, stale manna has no nourishment. Living on old manna makes us weak Christians. We need fresh manna, fresh bread, daily for God to sustain us. We need the Bread of Life, the very Word of God, Jesus Christ, every day.

How committed are we to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior who died so that our sins would be forgiven, so that we would be covered by God’s undeserved grace? Are we prepared to devote time every day to spend time with Him, studying Scripture and communicating through prayer?  Jesus is worth that, and so much more. Come, let us feast together on the Bread of Life.

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21.

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