How many of us skip Breakfast every day and simply jump right in to the hustle and bustle of what our day holds for us? Our bodies become conditioned to these habits and we think we are doing just fine. But, are we? Research and science has proven in recent studies that if we skip eating in the morning we tend to be grouchy, have poor mental performance and over time increased weight gain. A meal at the beginning of your day would help you be happier, increase mental stamina and our bodies would not want to store food and we may weigh less.
Nourishment for our physical bodies whether we eat in the morning or not is life sustaining. What about feeding our spiritual bodies too? With that thought in mind, let’s take a quick look at Exodus 16.
In Exodus 16 we read how God tended to the daily nourishment of every Israelite. God provided Manna. The first morning that the Israelites were provided Manna they were shocked and perplexed as they had never seen such a thing before. They said, “What? What is this?” The definition of Manna is exactly that. It means, “What is this?”
This Manna was a bread like substance that God laid upon the ground at dawn. In the morning, each Israelite went out and gathered their exact portion to sustain them throughout the day. They could eat it any way they chose, and it would still provide them their individual daily nourishment. God instructed them through Moses that they could not gather more than what they would need for one day. They must gather it daily. Those that attempted to store the Manna more than one day found that the Manna would not keep, and it rotted and became uneatable.
Today, God still rains down Manna in our lives. We find it in the form of the Word of God. Every morning we can nourish our souls. Nourishing our souls is just as vitally important as nourishing our bodies. Here we will gather our daily portion of spiritual nutrition to sustain us through that day.
Now, don’t expect to read multiple chapters and expect the nourishment of His Word to sustain you over a period of several days. Just as the Manna did not keep nor will reading multiple chapters extend nourishment to sustain you. One point that I thought about was this. “Why do you think God made the Manna only last for a day?” He could have made it last monthly and only provide it on the first of each month? I think it was because God wants us to think about Him and rely on him daily. If we rely on him daily it would be in our nature to build a relationship with him. What a beautiful illustration. God our loving Heavenly Father feeding us and bonding with us over a meal on a day to day basis. Providing us our spiritual nutrients. I know that when I feed on His Word daily I feel more balanced, compassionate, more patient, feel a closeness to God, and feel empowered with an inner strength. I’m not saying that this is how you will feel too. Just as the Manna provided nutrition to each individual based upon their nutritional needs. God’s Word will do the same. I believe that as we feed on His Word, God is customizing our spiritual nourishment based on our needs on a day to day basis.
One final thought, Manna in the Old Testament was God’s way of life sustaining nourishment. We read in the New Testament located in the Book of John:
For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. John 6:33 (New International Version)
Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 (NIV)
In the morning as you eat a bit of breakfast also sit down at His table and enjoy eating from the bounty of the Bread of Life.