“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings (complaints) of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even (twilight) ye shall eat flesh (meat), and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.”Exodus 16:11-12
I remembering coming home from school and walking into the house and smelling my mom’s cooking. Maybe you have heard the old cliche, ‘there is no cooking like Mom’s cooking.” I would never argue with that, and many of my favorite meals are ones my mom made. I would sometimes stroll in the kitchen and hope to get a little taste of what my mom was cooking. I would remember special meals when I would close my eyes and tell my mom, “If I didn’t hear the radio, I would have thought I was in heaven.” She also made other food I did not care for as much, like broccoli, and I would complain when my nose caught the smell of it walking into the house.
Even though I have not liked every meal, I have never gone a day without food for lack of provision. God has always provided for me, and my waistline demonstrates that I have likely consumed too much of His provision. Living in America, we take for granted the accessibility we have to food. We often have plenty in our refrigerators and our cupboards are stocked with all kinds of goodies. If we run out, we are able to go to the store to obtain more or we can frequent our favorite restaurant to get something else we really want. I often take for granted the food I eat, and I forget to thank God for it as I should. Matthew 6:11 tells us how to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
I have had some good meals in my day, but they were nothing like the bread and meat coming out of heaven’s kitchen. I can only imagine how good the food tasted, and the surprise the Israelites got when they were served meat and bread in the wilderness. There was no Fry’s deli or Popeye’s chicken around the next bend. The children of Israel were totally dependent on God for their physical and spiritual food, and they grew weary of this dependence. Even in our abundance, we must remember it is God who provides for us, and it is God who has blessed us with our food bounty.
I know many of us pray before we eat, but are we truly thankful for the food God has provided or are we just going through the motions? Do we ask Him to provide our daily bread or do we take it for granted in this time of abundance? Are we grateful for all that He has provided or only for the foods that are our favorite? Do we know that He is the Lord our God and provider? Is our confidence placed in God or are we dependent on our local grocery store? May we not lose sight that it is God who provides, and it is only through Him that our physical and spiritual needs are met. May we take the time to ask God for our daily bread, and may we be truly thankful for all that He provides. Psalm 136:25-26 states, “Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Thank you God for your mercy to us!