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Friday, June 12, 2015

Bread

All during Israel's 40 years in the desert God provided food. Moses pointed out that by providing manna to eat, the people learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that come from the mouth of the Lord. Most of us have never known serious or chronic hunger. You have never lacked bread. This abundance creates the illusion that we can rely on what we obtain. We worked for the money, went to the store, paid for the bread, brought it home, and prepared it. Where is God in that equation?


The great irony is that while most of us and our neighbors eat well, many people retain a spiritual hunger they cannot satisfy. The Israelite's physical hunger became an illustration of an important spiritual principle. Our lack of physical hunger threatens to prevent us from seeing this principle. Our spiritual hunger should lead us to turn to God who provides “the bread of life” (John 6:35). If skeptics are honest, they usually admit to feeling that the gnawing spiritual hunger. This where a believer can help them see how God has provided for them (For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16). Amen?