What is it?
That’s what the Israelites asked when they saw manna for the first time. And it wasn’t a polite, inquisitive “what is it?” It was more like when your six-year-old is poking the plate with her fork and asking about the asparagus.
In fact, manna is derived from this exclamation of the Israelites. Manna literally means “what is it?”
And while the standard lesson from the text is “God provides”, another comes to mind: God rarely provides exactly what we have asked for in the way that we have asked for it.
Sometimes we don’t recognize what gifts God has given us, and sometimes we are just repelled by the thought of utilizing them. Once I met a young man who was struggling to pay his bills. I asked him why not go home until he could get on his feet. He admitted that he was too proud to entertain such a notion. Food, shelter, a job…all within easy reach, just not on his terms.
But blessings come to us on God’s terms. Manna is from heaven, and not from our own hands. Don’t be surprised if it’s not exactly what you were looking for, but trust that it is exactly what you need.
~ Pastor Kevin