After the children of Israel were freed from slavery in Egypt, God provided daily food for them called manna. According the Exodus 16:31, manna was like coriander seeds and tasted like wafers with honey. In Numbers 11:8, it describes it as "cakes baked with oil". In her book One in a Million, Priscila Shirer said "It may have looked somewhat like porridge, but it actually tasted more like Krispy Kreme donuts."
God's purpose for manna wasn't just for physical sustenance. It was to help cleanse the pallet of the children of Israel. While they were slaves in Egypt, they had a variety of meats, spices, vegetables and fruits. Their taste buds had become accustomed to strong flavors and delectable dishes. What God was providing for them seemed dull in comparison. Each day the menu was the same and the routine was the same. Each day they could only gather enough manna for that day. They had to have faith that each day God would provide the manna.
God wanted the children of Israel to not just physically leave Egypt behind, he also wanted them to mentally and emotionally leave behind their desire for any part of their Egyptian lifestyle. He was weaning them off of the tastes they had become familiar with. He knew that to be completely free from the bondage of Egypt, the children of Israel had to change everything about their way of life, including what they ate. I'm sure the manna got boring and they got tired of the lack of flavors, but God was retraining them.
As Christians, in order for us to live the abundant life of freedom from the bondage of sin, we must allow God to wean us off of the worldly things that we have been accustomed to. We have to get to a point when we no longer have a desire to feast on the things of this world. We must realize that the simple manna that God offers us is what truly satisifies our soul.
Like the children of Israel, God has been weaning me off of the things of this world that I thought I needed. Being on unemployment for the past 10 months has been like living on manna. There are times when I desire to go back to more money & more freedom to purchase things. There are days when the simple life of "just the necessities" becomes exhausting or overwhelming. There are days when I think that "Egypt" wasn't really that bad. But that's just a lie that Satan tries to convince me to believe. He doesn't want me to remember the relationship issues caused by extremely long hours or the hostile work enviroment that my husband had to endure each and every day. He plays tricks on my mind and wants me to focus on the "perks"and benefits.
In my moments of weakness, I only have to look at all of the manna that God has provided for my family to see His desire to lead us to the abundant life in Him. He has been doing a great work in my heart and the hearts of my family. He is removing the taste for material things out of our mouths and is filling us with His bread of life. He is moving us well outside of our comfort zones and routines. He is asking us to depend on Him and Him alone for our daily manna. He is calling us to leave the "American Christian Dream" of comfort and complacency and stretch our view of what it means to be a follower of Christ.
The choices we make sometimes make us stand out and look different from others around us...even other Christians. When we choose to radically follow Jesus and leave the comfortable majority behind, our lives will look different. Our choices in friendships will be different. We will walk away from those who are halfhearted in their walk with God. Instead, we will surround ourselves with other Christians who are passionately pursuing God's call on their lives even through the uncertainty. We will walk the narrow unmapped road together into abundant living.
Does you desire for more in this world cause you to overlook the manna that God is providing for your journey? Are you spending your time laying up treasures here in "Egypt" or are you journeying with God into a life of abundant living? You've been given freedom in Christ but you must make the choice to walk in it.
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