Being an impressionable physics student I remember my teacher (formerly known as rubber lips (but don’t let the label stick!)) telling the class he had worked out on a walk up mount Snowdon if the Mars bar he was eating was enough energy to take him to the top. I cannot remember what his answer was I just thought what a waste of a walk!
For us we need to set out for our walking adventure knowing that we have enough to
sustain us on the way – or know a God who can provide the sustenance
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. Exodus 16:4
I have already mentioned that the wilderness was not about the lack of food and water – more about learning to trust the God who can provide the food and water. God could have provided nourishment in any number of natural ways but he decided to given them heaven-bread supernaturally – he rained down a substance to eat. “What is it?” the Israelites said so they called it manna. (manna means ‘what is it?’)
I wonder if manna tasted like a honey cereal – we will never know. What I do know is that it
was there ready for breakfast time. The dew would come every morning, flakes would appear and the people would collect the food. Food from heaven. It must have been a little like the food that poured down from the sky in ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’.
God will always hear cries of hunger. He loves cries of hunger – for then he can provide, he can sustain, he can fill. He cannot do anything for those who are not hungry. For those who are hungry can feed us with food from heaven – sustenance for the journey.
One of the prayers I keep praying over and over again is make me hungrier. Make me so desperate nothing but your intimate presence will satisfy. Nothing but heaven on earth will be enough. Make me so hungry I cry out day and night for more of you and your kingdom on earth.
Today: Ask yourself on a scale of 1-10 how hungry are you for Gods presence everyday? How hungry are you to see God’s kingdom come? Does it distract you from all you do? Are you so desperate for it that it brings tears to your eyes in longing?