On Sunday we looked at the story of God sending manna to feed His people. The big idea from the service was: Manna is an opportunity to understand a daily relationship with Jesus. In other words, there are parallels between how God fed His people in the desert and how God provides followers of Christ with what they need. The following are some of the points that were shared.
1. I need to seek God’s help daily. Vs 4 “gather enough for that day” God fed His people by providing them each day, their daily bread. Manna was gathered fresh each morning. As followers of Christ we look to God daily for what we need in our relationship with Him.
2. I can’t live off yesterday’s leftovers. Vs 19 “no one is to keep any of it until morning” If someone tried to keep manna overnight, it is spoiled. As a follower of Christ, I can’t live off yesterday’s leftovers.
3. God will provide what I need in order to obey Him. Vs 22 “twice as much” When God commanded the people to rest on the Sabbath, He also gave them the ability to rest by providing twice as much manna on the sixth day. When God calls us to do something, He gives us the ability to obey Him. If God calls us to forgive someone He will give us the ability to forgive them. If God calls us to go through a difficult time in life, He will provide what we need to go through that difficult time.
4. Over time I need to guard my appetite for the things of God. Numbers 11:6 “lost their appetite” After eating manna day in and day out, some of the people lost their appetite for manna and longed for the food of Egypt. On Sunday we talked about maintaining a hunger for God.
Closing thought – Jesus is the true bread of life. In John 6:32-35 Jesus reminds us that He is the true Bread from God.