"Sometimes while I'm talking to God, He'll show me something about myself in such a way that I have to laugh at my own humanity and how funny I must look to Him." - Donna

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Frosted Flakes

When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was.
Exodus 16:14-15 niv

I awoke early this morning. When I opened my back door to let the dogs out, I saw my geraniums drooping, their leaves folded up as if trying to shield themselves from the cold. The top of the glass top table looked opaque instead of clear, etched instead of smooth. Tiny crystals of frost formed a thin covering of icy feathers, each sparkling in the morning light.

Can you imagine how the children of Israel felt that first morning when they threw back the flaps of their tents, and saw manna covering the ground? The word ‘manna’ means, “What is it?” In Exodus 16:31, the Bible says, “It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.”

The ‘bread from heaven’ represented God’s daily provision. He rained manna down from Heaven – evidence of His presence and provision, but they were only permitted to gather one day’s worth, and two day’s worth the night before the Sabbath. Wouldn’t that be a test of your faith in God?

How many times have you talked to someone who said, “I know the Lord is going to give me a better job,” then in the course of the conversation, you find out this person is not filling out applications, has not typed up his resume, or tried to educate himself. Or how about the person who wants to minister? Has she been studying the Word of God, praying, and preparing for the ministry?

God could have caused the manna to appear in the tents. Or He could have even caused the people to be supernaturally nourished. But He didn’t. Every day they picked their food up from the ground. The manna came directly from the hand of God, but they had to use their hands to gather it.

Do you know your purpose? How are you preparing to minister when called upon? When it’s time to witness of Jesus, are you at a loss because you don’t know what to say? Just as the manna did not jump into the Israelite’s hands, the knowledge of the Word of God will not jump into your brain. You must ‘gather’ and digest it.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

The Israelites ate manna that sustained life for forty years. Jesus is the ‘bread of God’ Who gives us eternal life. The next time you see a blanket of frost, think of manna, God’s provision, and ask yourself, “Am I doing all I can to ‘gather’ souls for the kingdom of God?”

Prayer: Lord, I pray I remain faithful to Your purpose for my life. Help me to trust You daily to provide for me. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.


Anonymous said...

It's funny how we see the same things and come up with different points of view. I saw the crystal-like diamond shaped frost on the windows of my van this morning. Instead of looking at it with positive wonder, I thought it looked as if my window was cracked.

I went to mass this morning. My daughter was to present the gifts to the priest at the alter. I looked around in wonder at the sparsely elderly adults compared to Sunday Mass. Not many attend weekly Mass. My daughter's class sat in front.

For a long time now I have wanted to attend Mass during the week, but my busy life keeps me from doing so. I pray to God and say that I will try to keep my promise, but don't, only to apologize the following Sunday.

I become angry with myself because I feel as if I'm letting the Lord down. Am I a true follower of Christ, I ask myself, because if I were, I would go to Mass during the week instead of just Sunday.

I know that the Good Lord looks over me. I know that he takes care of me and my family. I always count my blessings for my husband, children, and the fact that I have a roof over my head and food in my stomach. But, even though I do thank God on Sundays, I don't feel like I'm doing enough to give back to him what he has given to me.

Thank you, Donna, for having this website. It brings me that much more closer to my feelings, and what I do really care about most in life.


Anonymous said...

Donna, Greetings in JESUS!!! Thank you for the new devotional post. As always, a real blessing. Let us learn to always be thankful for the manna of Jesus Christ, our daily bread.

John B.

Paul said...
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glenniah said...

Hi Donna,
Last Saturday night I watched the Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. I've been thinking all week about how God sent manna from heaven and the fact that they had enough for only one day. If they tried to hoard it, it went mouldy. As a test of obedience the Israelites were given enough food for one day and as long as they continued to trust God, He would supply all their needs.
It reminds me of the verse in Philippians 4:19 "My God will supply all your needs......." As Christians we are the recipients of his riches. Lets enjoy them and share them with others (witnessing).

Paul said...

Hi Donna,

I just deleted a post from someone is claiming to me and I don't know how they are doing it.

It is like the hijacked my email addy, etc.

I am having someone looking into it. I don't use Tblog anymore, not in a very long time.



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