**This is a guest post, written by my mother. She sometimes types up her spiritual thoughts, and I wanted to share this one with you.**
God provided “manna” for the Israelites. Morning by morning, they gathered the amount of manna needed for that day. Manna was their supernatural source of physical nourishment that came down from heaven.
Christ is our manna: He came down from heaven to give us SPIRITUAL life which requires spiritual nourishment. And God has, “by His divine power, given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him.” (II Peter 1:3)
Spiritual nourishment comes through knowledge of Him, and knowledge of Him comes through feeding on His Word. In II Peter 3:18 we are exhorted to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
“As new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” (I Peter 2:2) Newborns crave milk which results in growth. In like manner, our craving for spiritual nourishment should drive us to spend time in the Scriptures. God’s Word provides the supernatural spiritual nourishment that we need.
But it is up to us to “gather the manna” daily.
Job (23:12) said he esteemed “the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
“Our staple sustenance is derived from the Word of God. No other means of growth can take the place of this” (Hastings Bible Commentary)
No matter how much we may eat today, we’ll need to eat again tomorrow and no matter how busy we are, our hunger will drive us to take time to eat. Yesterday’s food will not suffice for today, nor will today’s food suffice for tomorrow.
Nothing is more important. Nothing is more necessary than gleaning manna for the day. God wants our attention and we need His attention. There are no substitutes, no alternatives to taking the time to gather the manna the Lord has provided.
“Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8)