Last year, I had my wisdom teeth removed *gag.* The surgery went well, but there were complications during my recovery. I’ll spare you the gory details. Suffice it to say, I ate the same bland soft foods for about a month. Let me tell you: diversity of diet is a spiritual need.
Maybe that’s an exaggeration.
But I’m not the only one who finds my heart getting heavy when God’s provision is the same old ordinary stuff day after day.
Recently set free from slavery in Egypt, the Israelites were roaming the wilderness when they cried out to God for food. He graciously provided, dropping down manna from heaven. Just bits of bread tasting like coriander and honey, the manna was spread across the transient camp daily for 40 years (Exodus 16.)
Though the idea of bread raining down from heaven is extraordinary, the Israelites quickly grew bored with God’s unfailing but monotonous meal choice.
They always had enough.
But the people had enough of just enough.
Bored, they complained against the Lord. The people got sick of manna. It was bland, it was wearisome, and really- how long can anyone live with the same old same old?
Like the Israelites, we are often grateful the Lord always provides. But sometimes we wish God’s provision was just a little more exciting.
Take note of God’s response to the Israelites when they felt much the same. He was faithful. That’s who He is.
“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is” (2 Timothy 2:13 NLT.)
Throughout the wilderness routine, God surprised the Israelites with quail and likely livestock from their battle victories.
At the end of those forty years, those manna-fed people crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land. They had homes of their own, freedom to live for His glory, and even gardens and pastures for raising all sorts of foods.
When entering the Promised Land, the Israelites also had forty years’ worth of reminders of His faithfulness. The ordinary, too-familiar taste of His extraordinary provision lingered on their lips.
What a sweet treat -one we’re blessed by too.
The excitement we yearn for has less to do with our present life and more to do with daily taking in what He provides. When we’re willing to believe it, our joy is found because:
His promises are true every day.
His provision, even when it seems monotonous, sustains us.
God is who He is- and that’s exciting, even day by (regular old) day.
Remaining fresh and delighted in faith often blossoms through ordinary ways of witnessing His extraordinary faithfulness.
As you and I take our next big bites of ordinary, let’s chew on the bland in delighted faith. Our provision is from the perfect One. He’s providing us with tastes of His constant presence day by day, nourishing us to grow in Him along the way.
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