December 26, 2011 1 Comment
In Numbers 11, Israel is being prepared for its final journey into the Promised Land. As was often the case, the majority of the Israelites were murmuring and complaining to Moses. In these particular verses they were reminiscing about the good-ol’ days in Egypt.
4 ¶ And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a alusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
They are longing for the food, of all things. The melons, the leeks, the pizza, the pie and the wonderful things left behind. So engaged in this reminiscing, they were distracted from what was really important, from what was really happening….miracles.
6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
Oh, the great times they had, but now, nothing “beside this manna”, besides the divine gifts of God, the blessings, the miracles. How often we fail to recognize the “manna” in our own lives…or at least from where it came.
It seems we all suffer from time-to-time with one of two syndromes, if not both; 1. The Those Were The Days Syndrome or 2. The Grass is Greener Syndrome. Both are easily contracted and if not remedied quickly can do significant spiritual damage.
The remedy, of course, is counting our blessings now. It is recognizing the gifts and tender mercies daily bestowed on us by a loving, involved Heavenly-father. It is being grateful for our circle of friends and loved ones. God places us in these “divine circles” to not only be blessed but to also to bless others.
Truly, we eat manna daily. We taste of God’s goodness and love regularly. Question is; do we realize it, do we recognize it and possibly most important, do we acknowledge it? We must never forget that there is absolutely nothing as sweet, as satisfying, as saving — as God’s manna.