Dining With Our Father
Welcome to Day 28 of our 40-day countdown to Easter! Dining With God. As we study Exodus chapter 16, we’ve witnessed the behavior of the children of Israel. They were ungrateful, disrespectful, and disobedient. Despite their ignorance, despite their lack of respect, despite their lack of trust, despite their disobedience, God remained the same. He gave them quail every evening and manna every morning. God showed the children of Israel his lovingkindness in the morning and his faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:2) for 40 years while they wandered in the desert.
Fast forward to 2019…One thing that we can glean from Exodus Chapter 6 is that God wants us to trust him for our spiritual nourishment.
Break Your Fast With God
When we awake in the morning, we should seek God for spiritual nourishment to take us through the day. The spiritual nourishment begins with having a talk with God in the morning. The children of Israel had to get up and go get their manna. There was never a doubt whether the manna would be there, but the children of Israel had to get up and meet with God.
God says, get up! What you need for the day is waiting on you. But, you do have to get up and go get it.
Instead of relying on our own strength, we are to ask God for help. Admit to God that you don’t know what you’re doing. Let him know that you can’t go forward unless he gives you some fresh manna.
Ask God for some guidance and direction for the new project you’ve been assigned to. Ask God for the details. Ask God for the witty inventions. Ask God for the new marketing plan, the new business plan, or next chapter for the book you’re writing.
Ask God to send the Holy Spirit with you in the meetings, in the classroom, in the courtroom, in the workplace. God will give you fresh manna every morning if only you’d ask for it.
God doesn’t run out of ideas, new methods, or new creations. He can give you something fresh every morning, but you must ask. Have a talk with God before you talk with anyone else.
Make God your first priority of the day. Break your fast with God. Meet with God because you love him.
The Dinner Date
Now, God knew the manna would hold the children of Israel during the day, but they would need something heavier in the evening. So, he sent quail. The bread was good for the morning, but he gave his children something fresh to chew on that would last them throughout the night.
God wants us to eat His word in the evening. In Ezekiel 3:3, The prophet ate the scroll and spoke God’s word. Now, don’t eat your bible or your mobile device. Read the word of God. Meditate on the word of God. Get God’s word in your spirit and you will speak his word. You will prophesy as John did in Revelation 10:8-11. The fresh ideas will come. The witty inventions will come.
God wants us to eat his word in the evening, sleep on it, and He will bring us fresh revelation in the morning.
You will have the solution to the problems that arise during the day.
You will become a body of knowledge to those who seek knowledge.
You will become a business creative in the midst of those who lack creativity.
You will become a lender and not a borrower. You will have things to give to others rather than always having to borrow from others.
You will experience uncommon fresh favors publicly and behind the scenes.
His lovingkindness meets us in the morning. His faithfulness is with us every night. Be grateful for every "Yes" that you receive from God, but never complain when he denies your request. Always remember God's goodness.
If we dine with God in the evening, He’ll feed us fresh manna in the morning.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
~inspiring hope & seasoning faith, Dr. Regina M. Daigre