Nothing But Manna

One of the bigger temptations for maturing Christians is the danger of getting accustomed to God’s blessings. Like the world traveler who has been everywhere and seen everything, there is a danger of taking his blessings for granted and getting so accustomed to them that they fail to excite us as they once did.

Emerson said that if the stars came out only once a year, everybody would stay up all night to behold them. We have seen the stars so often that we don’t bother to look at them anymore. We have grown accustomed to our blessings.

The Israelites in the wilderness got accustomed to their blessings, and God dealt with their lack of thankfulness in Numbers 11. God fed the nation with heavenly manna each morning, and yet the people were getting tired of it. “But now our whole being is dried up,” they said, “there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”.

Nothing but manna! They were experiencing a miracle of God’s provision every morning, yet they were no longer excited about it. Nothing but manna!

Evidence that we have grown accustomed to our blessings is this spirit of criticism and complaining. The person who has gotten accustomed to his blessing can never be satisfied.

Another evidence of this attitude is the idea that others have a better situation than we do. The Israelites remembered their diet in Egypt and longed to return to the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. Ignoring the terrible bondage they had endured in Egypt. Slavery is a high price to pay for a change in diet.

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