Manna from heaven.. for all the years that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, God sent them bread from heaven called manna. Today, I read something new which I did not notice before…
12 The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.
God gave food as needed all the years there were no food in the wilderness… when they had to travel from place to place; no planting, no harvesting… manna in the morning, quail in the evening, water from rocks where there was no water…
On the 14th day of the month after crossing the Jordan river, they celebrated the passover at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho and ate their first meal from the produce of the land. On this day, bread from heaven stopped falling.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray: Give us this day our daily bread. Our daily bread, God provides one day at a time. While we need to work and plan for the future, the reality of life is that we live one day at a time.
Especially in these times, life is predictably full of the unexpected. Many are dying, the old and the young… no one is exempted. A healthy person today might be dead after a few days or even tomorrow. No one knows when his time is up.
Did God tell the Israelites when he would stop sending manna? For all the years they were in the desert, from the day they left Egypt till the day they entered Canaan, their clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on their feet (Deut. 29:5).
Dear Lord, thank you for your provisions – one day at a time. Help me to live each day in joy and contentment, grateful for your gift of life, day by day, moment by moment. Amen.