A few times a year, my wife and I will do a deep clean of our refrigerator. We do our best to keep inventory on what’s inside and eat food before it goes bad, but some stuff inevitably gets shoved to the back or goes unnoticed.
And some of the things we find… well, they’re not pretty. And they smell like the inside of a Long John Silver’s trash can that hasn’t been emptied in two weeks.
Part of the beauty of fresh food is that it has a limited time to be enjoyed. Vegetables wilt. Fruits wither. Bread and opened jars grow mold. Even the finest meats spoil.
But the Word of God? There’s no expiration date on that.
In John 6, Jesus performed a mind-boggling miracle in feeding more than 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish (John 6:1-15). He then left this massive crowd and withdrew to a secluded place to convene with His Father.
But the masses wanted more from Jesus. They tracked Him down, even after He traveled to the other side of the lake, to learn more about this fascinating newcomer. “Rabbi, when did you get here?” they asked Him.
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered. “You are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate of the loaves and had your fill.
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.”
Remember, Jesus produced so much bread and seafood during the feeding of the 5,000 that the disciples collected 12 baskets of leftovers. While I have no doubt Jesus distributed the remainder to people who needed it, even the results of that miracle would eventually rot.
It’s similar to the manna that God gave the Israelites as they traveled the wilderness following their freedom from the Egyptians (Exodus 16:13-20). This bread, which appeared each morning was good for one day and one day only, and the Israelites were specifically instructed to eat their fill and not try to save it. Those that tried to hoard the manna found it teeming with maggots the next day.
Why would God give His people food that perished so quickly? God is capable of creating bread that never goes moldy; wouldn’t it have been good for His people to have this?
The Israelites had to rely on God’s daily provision to survive. If God had forgotten to distribute the manna for a few days, His people could’ve starved. Yet there was the bread, fresh each morning, without fail for more than 40 years.
God always had the Israelites at the front of His mind. Their was no chance He could forget them.
And the same applies to you. But you can’t massively gather spiritual blessings; you must daily return to God in prayer and the reading of His Word to find the sustenance your spirit needs.
That’s why I’m so thankful you’ve gone on this 60-day journey with me. Maybe all of you didn’t read every blog, but you chose to return and try to learn more about Jesus. You made the conscience effort to focus on Him, to eat your daily manna.
To be perfectly clear, it’s not my words and thoughts that provide this daily fulfillment. Rather, it’s the Bible and the Holy Spirit speaking through me that I hope have blessed you over the past three months.
So while this study comes to an end, I pray that you take a lesson from the Israelites: rely on God’s provision daily. He’ll never leave you without nourishment. Come back to His word, to His spirit, to His voice, and you’ll find the fuel you need for your life.