Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Could it ever be that something good that God Himself gives can turn into something bad?
The answer is yes, and an example is the manna that God gave the people of Israel in their 40 years of wilderness wandering. From its description in Numbers 11, it was an appetizing and nourishing food. Scholars variously describe it as "cakes fried in good oil," as "food newly baked," or like "wafers made with honey." Perhaps it was like delicious freshly baked bread; evidently it could be prepared in a variety of ways as a well balanced diet, and it was always appetizing. The Psalmist describes it as "angel's food" (78:25). Since God gave it to them, it was undeniably "good."
But the people had to eat it on the very day that it "fell" on the dew each morning. Moses told them, "'This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.' ... 'Let no one leave any of it till morning.' ... But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank" (Ex. 16:15, 19, 20). Something very good became very bad! It had to be eaten when God gave it.
The manna is a symbol of the spiritual nourishment the Holy Spirit gives us day by day if we are willing to "eat" it. It's Bible truth, "fresh" each morning (Isa. 50:4, 5). The hungry soul finds things "new and old" in God's word that constantly invigorate him (Matt. 13:52). We are told to "bless the Lord"--in other words, make Him happy (Psalm 103:1, for example). How do you make a chef happy? You tell him his meal was super-delicious.
Now, ask the Lord for a second helping; tell Him you're hungry. That will make Him happy! There's nothing He loves more than to feed hungry people and watch them enjoy His cuisine. Eat His "manna" today. Learn to love it. Don't lay it aside until tomorrow!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: May 4, 2005.
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