There are five extremely important lessons we can learn from the manna. (Exodus Chapter 16)
- God provides Manna for you just for today: Don’t worry about your daily sustenance, If He could provide two million or so people with food for forty years in the desert – God can and will provide as long as you strive your best.
Verse 4 says: “I will rain down bread from Heaven for you.”
Meditate over this idea. It’s transformational. Think about it. God provides Manna for you each day, just for today. Good health, strength, rain, sun, opportunities for growth and material welfare, all these are some of the energies that God provides daily. Open your eyes to the absolutely amazing Manna that God is providing you just for today!
- You have to gather it: God provides, but you have to gather! See verse 4 again: Then God said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.” This is powerful because it says God will provide for today, but he expects us to make an effort to get it. When you work to earn a living you are gathering the manna that God provided for you. You must trust God to provide daily Manna, and you need to be willing to see it and bring it in.
The verb “gather” is used 11 times in Chapter 16! Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch comments: “The experiences which were made at the six day gathering of the manna were to form the Jewish system of earning one’s livelihood... Laziness, avarice, greed and embittering pessimism is severely criticized while being industrious, satisfied with sufficiency, happily enjoying life and confidence and trust in God is praised.”
- God provides, but we don’t realize it:
Verse 15 says: When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the God has given you to eat."
Every single day, God is providing bread for you. But do you see it? Do you slow down long enough to discern what it is? When you grasp this, you will be amazed at the food God is raining down from Heaven each day. Thank him!
- Don’t complain about events in your life but try and see the blessing in them or that can come out of them: Read verse 2, and especially verse 8: “You are not grumbling against us, but against God.” Remember, God is providing you bread each day, so be careful about complaining. When you complain, you are really complaining against God! By the way, the verb “grumble” is used 7 times in Chapter 16!
- Teach the next generation: Verse 33 says: Moses said, “This is what the God has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.”
Regardless of your age, you are called to share the stories and teach wisdom and truth to those coming behind you. Are you teaching the next generation?
It is amazing to experience how simple stories in the Bible can reveal such practical and powerful lessons for our life at work! May this one change your life!