June 5th, 2015
Do You Remember the Fish Rather Than The Manna?
And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. (Numbers 11:4-6 KJV)
I know you have done the same thing. You are hungry and begin combing through the cupboards in your kitchen to find that perfect snack. The longer you look, the less likely you are to find something that seems satisfying for the physical hunger which seems to rage within you. You have plenty of good food to eat but not anything you particularly desire to eat in your moment of intense hunger.
Mankind suffers from both physical and spiritual hunger. Yes, we often search, often to no avail, to fill our spiritual hunger pangs which are raging in our heart. Sometimes we look back into a time in our history when life seemed more fulfilling and yearned for that which seems familiar and comforting. Or we look upon those around us who appear to have everything while we are in need of many things. We can try to change our focus from discontentment to thanksgiving for the provisions of God, but this means we must focus intently on Him rather than looking around at our circumstances.
Those led by the spirit of the god cannot find lasting satisfaction with things of this world. They see many “empty cupboards” in their quest to fulfill the hunger that churns within them both of a spiritual and physical nature. Those who are children of God learn to be spiritually satisfied with all that God provides with an understanding that God always has our best interest at heart.
How insulting it must be to God, Provider of all, to hear mankind whining and complaining about what they do not have rather than being thankful for what He has mercifully provided for them. Not because they deserve anything, but simply because He loves them unconditionally.