You’ve probably heard God provides. His willingness to provide is a massive part of Who God is … from our life to eternity He provides for His people. You’ve also probably heard about manna. The bread-like substance that God provided to the Jewish people of Israel long ago, His people, as they wandered around the desert.
But do you know what the word “manna” translates to literally?
“What is it?”
That’s literally what it means. They could reply to God with praise and thanks, but that’s what they asked God when He rained it down upon the hungry Israelite crowd in the Biblical narrative.
I laughed out loud when I heard this the first time. I laughed because it reminded me of all the times I do that. We humans are so oblivious to what God is doing around us sometimes that all we can do is ask “what is it?” Or “why’ or “when” or … you know the drill, right? I’m not always that in tune with God and what He is doing the way I should be. This world consumes my thoughts at times, I am sad to admit. But thankfully, I have grown in this area as God shows me more and more “manna” and I respond to Him.
It wasn’t always that way for certain. I had given my life to Christ a few years before, but I remember when I went through a New Age pursuit in my late teens and very early twenties. I thought I was so in tune spiritually. I was contemplative. I was connected. I tried to be aware of the “higher power” in the every day moments. Of course there is a higher power than us. But not just merely a spiritual being connecting us from one way to another. Not just spirituality to find connection and fulfillment.
I was always looking. Searching. “WHAT IS IT?” some might ask. It’s not an it. It’s Whom. I am so deeply thankful that I did not lose Jesus in my New Age wandering.
But I wandered. And I wondered. I know this wandering and searching is a similar state of many people today, even some Christians. We search with our up-and-down faith and our wandering to-and-fro inside God’s plan for our lives, even if we don’t recognize it – all mixed up with our mini-gods-of-everyday-life … in need of provision and truth … in need of manna.
God watches and waits. Then He sends a sign, a need fulfilled, a path, an answer. And then we ask … WHAT IS IT?
God must laugh sometimes too.
Shouldn’t we know our Shepherd’s voice better than any other? Shouldn’t we already know what it is when when He sends it? I don’t mean the times in life when we are truly seeking His guidance and it isn’t crystal clear … sure that happens and that is when our faith is valued and called upon again and again. That’s called growth. No, I’m talking about the vast majority of the miracles big and tiny that we live in and around every day. We just don’t notice. We ask. He answers.
The Israelites needed food. Something fell. Literally.
God rains down.
We don’t always notice. But IF we are paying close attention, we notice the manna.
“Oh that! Thank you for that, Jesus! I didn’t expect that answer. I didn’t even think of that. I’d rather have had another answer, but this is Your way which is higher than mine.”
I do think God understands our “what is it?” questions. That is called grace, and it’s a beautiful thing!
The thing we have to be very carefully watching for are the things that sound good, but are really from false teachers and wolf in sheep clothing that God’s Word warned us about. Asking God for wisdom and knowledge is extremely important in our relationship with Him, but especially in the times we find ourselves in. The dangers of New Age-ism are all around us, even within our churches. And we don’t always recognize them. But we should. Lies are more often subtle than not.
Heather’s Personal Notes
But being so closely connected to the One who provides our “every day” helps us to hear and know Him better. So I think deeply very often about how deeply thankful I am that I did not lose Jesus in my dangerous New Age wandering and He never lost me. I will be sharing more about my New Age journey as well as how to recognize the “isms” of New Age that are creeping into The Church. Our world has changed and we need to be the remnant that recognizes that.