Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Come Get Your Manna!!!"

"And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:19

We're in our third week of "The Plane Truth" in Cove Kids, and first things first--before embarking on a journey an airplane needs to be filled up with fuel! It's the energy source that gets the airplane to take flight, stay in the air, and descend safely to its destination. God is our Provider, the fuel that empowers us to get through each day, the fuel that ignites us to soar to higher places. If we don't stop off first thing in the morning to "fuel-up" we're gonna be on empty, dragging through the day with all kinds of grumbling. Kind of like the Israelites...

Last week we left the children of Israel safely on the other side of the Red Sea. Now they're roaming in the desert complaining to Moses about how they would rather be back in Egypt than wandering there (Exodus 16). Back in Egypt they had plenty of food, but in the desert they were dragging through each day in hunger. God spoke to Moses with specific directions saying, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each morning and gather enough for that day..." The "bread from heaven" (called "manna") was to be used up that same day otherwise it would rot. Moses told the people that when they complain they're taking for granted all that God's done for them. He freed them from captivity in Egypt, He hears their every need, and He is Jehovah-Jireh--The Provider. Moses explained that God would provide for them. Every night God sent quail meat for them to eat, and each morning He rained down their "daily bread," manna.

Our prayer this week is that each child will know God as "Jehovah-Jireh"--our Provider. When we're complaining about things, we've forgotten the truth that God has promised to meet all our needs. Matthew 6:26 says, "Look at the birds of the air; they don't sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Our of all His creation, God values us the most, and He is faithful to provide us with everything we need.

It's SO AWESOME that God would lay out "daily bread" for the Israelites in order to cultivate an everyday relationship with them. Guess what? He does if for us too!!! Before we rise each day God has rained down manna for us. It's served up fresh in the morning in our quiet time with Him. God's provided His Word (our map) and His Voice (our compass) to fuel us with direction and security for the day. In that alone time with Him, our souls are filled with Truth! He reminds us of who He is, who He's created us to be, and He equips us for the journey of that day. If we forget to gather our manna then we're left feeling empty and hungry the rest of the day. In John 6:35 Jesus declared, "I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and He who believes in me will never thirst." Take the time each morning this week to gather your manna. Jesus is waiting to fuel you with His power and in that time you'll see His name, "Provider," rings true!!! "But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you!" (Matthew 6:33)

Check out Matthew 6:11 as a family today, and jot down the top 5 things God has provided for you. Give Him thanks!!!

Carole Loebs
3rd, 4th, 5th Grade Coordinator
The Cove Church

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