by Robert Chamberlain
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
Exodus 16:4 ESV
I’m reminded of the hymn Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah- “bread of heaven, feed me til I want no more!” which bring a spiritual application to this verse about the manna (“what is it?”) as the Israelites called it. As Jesus said, “man doesn’t live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. It’s one thing to be provided for materially, but it’s better to be spiritually satisfied.
God sent the manna because the Israelites were moaning about a lack of food. But a Psalm mentions that along side material plenty, He gave them “a leanness in their souls”. They may have been materially rich, but they were spiritually poor. It’s often the same with us- when we’re doing well physically, we’re often more spiritually complacent.
With food and drink, we’re to be moderate. Too much food is greed; too much drink is drunkenness. Instead, God calls us to spiritually feed on His word and to be filled with the Spirit. The only limitation is our own human finiteness, not the Word and the Spirit.
People sometimes accuse Christians of being so heavenly minded to be of no earthly use! Although we can’t get enough of the word and the Spirit, we need to live our lives and not have our heads in the Bible 24/7. The proof of the pudding is in the eating- the proof we’re putting the Bible into practice isn’t how much we read it but how much we obey it.
“Oh Yahweh, we praise You for Your word and Your Spirit. Help us to be filled with both so that we may live blessed lives that are a blessing to those around us. In Jesus’ name, amen”