In Exodus 16, as Israel was fresh out of Egypt, God showed up and provided miraculously for them in the wilderness. Each morning, this unidentifiable food object (UFO?) appeared on the ground. They couldn’t figure out what it was, so they called it “manna.” Literal translation: “What is it?”
A miracle is when there is no explanation besides God’s intervention. Manna was a miracle.
Fast forward to Numbers 11. Israel has been wandering in the wilderness for awhile. As their feet have wandered through the sand, their thoughts have wandered back to Egypt and the glorious smorgasbord of food they had there.
“We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up,
and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”
Numbers 11:5–6 (ESV)
Remember our original definition of “manna”? It was God’s miraculous provision.
With that definition in mind, let’s re-translate verse 6: “Now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but God’s miraculous provision to look at.”
That’s a completely illogical statement and yet a very common perspective in our lives today.
Maybe today you need to look around and thank God for the miracle you’re already living in. For some of you it’s more obvious and for others, you’ll have to dig, but it’s there.
Your marriage that you thought wouldn’t survive…
Your kid you prayed would return to the Lord…
Your finances that have recovered after a hard time…
Your health that has been restored after an unexpected diagnosis…
What is it for you? Look at the miracles, list them, then thank God for them. Gain a new perspective today on God’s faithfulness and miraculous provision in your life. He’s always been faithful and He’s not going to stop now!