But now our appetite is gone; there’s nothing to look at but this manna! – Numbers 11:6
When the people of Israel became hungry on their way to the Promised Land, God gave them manna … bread from heaven … and all the people rejoiced. Yet, after a year of eating it (day in and day out), the Israelites grew tired of God’s gift and demanded that Moses provide a little variety in their diet.
Perhaps we read this story and think, “How could they be so ungrateful?!” Then again, we might better ask, “Have we also grown tired of God’s gifts?” Anything at all? Our ministries? Our marriages? Our families? Anything spiritual and/or physical from God? How about our fellowship? Our salvation or … dare I say it … Christ, THE Bread of heaven, Himself? Do we remain grateful?
Every Sunday, as His followers, we gather to celebrate Christ’s life after a horrific death. We give thanks for salvation through His shed blood, but as we rise in honest worship we must also ask ourselves, “Is He still enough?” or rather, like the Israelites, have we begun to think, “There’s nothing to look at, but this manna.”
He is risen. May that be enough for us all.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. – Martin Luther
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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