Have you ever said, “What is going on?” in your circumstances? The children of Israel did. When they saw the small round substance on the ground they said, “What is it?”
Exodus 16 records God amazing provision for His people, right after He brought them through the Red Sea, and provided a tree to purify the bitter water.
Verse 2 says they complained against their leaders. Verse 3 they looked back to their temporary provision in Egypt. It says, “…we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full!…”
Verse 4 is God’s provision-answer for them, but it had a condition. It says, “…I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.”
Verse 13 says that quail covered the camp that night and the manna was there when the dew lifted in the morning. Some failed the test. They were told to gather as much as they needed, but not leave any until morning. Those who disobeyed? The manna bred worms and stank.
Verse 22 says that on the sixth day they were to gather double because there would be done on the next day-a day of rest. Yet some went out to gather and found none. Verse 28 says, “And the Lord said to Moses, How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My law?”
The manna was like white coriander seeds and tasted like wafers made with honey. They could bake it or boil it. It was God’s provision for them in the wilderness for forty years!
The Lord’s daily manna provision for us is His eternal word. It will never grow old, or be irrelevant to our times. It will sustain and keep our hearts from sin. It also has conditions.
We are to observe to do what He has commanded. James 1:25 says, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”