Numbers 11:4:-6 The RABBLE with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, ‘IF ONLY WE HAD MEAT TO EAT! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost – also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; WE NEVER SEE ANYTHING BUT THIS MANNA!”
A strong but angry statement right there…WE NEVER SEE ANYTHING BUT THIS MANNA! In other words, manna was ‘not their cup of tea.’ These are the words the children of Israel chose to let us know what they thought about GOD’S KITCHEN. Every culture has its identity and FOOD is one of them. What may grow or breed in one country or continent may not necessarily grow or breed in another. Hence, we eat what our geographical regions can offer…at least in most cases. The same was true of the children of Israel. For one, they were in the DESERT…a wild space with no much greenery and no water apart from some oasis. So let’s face it. It was impossible for them to do anything with the land even if they wanted to.
But here is the truth: THE ONE who sends rain on the righteous and on the wicked had placed them there. Yes, at the place of unfruitfulness for a time, because He wanted them to die to their own efforts before they could inherit…A LAND WITH LARGE, FLOURISHING CITIES they did not build, HOUSES filled with all kinds of good things they did not provide, WELLS they did not dig, and VINEYARDS AND OLIVE GROVES they did not plant where they could eat and be satisfied. Deuteronomy 6:10-11
You see, a man can never find satisfaction from HIS OWN EFFORTS. And God knows that. When God plans to bless you…He thinks of generations. God is much more interested in an ENDURING INHERITANCE much more than a one time blessing. But before you can inherit, you have to learn the lesson in the one time blessing. Manna was given on an everyday basis in order to train the children of Israel to always depend on God for their every need…on a DAY-TO-DAY basis. Yet…what they would inherit would be FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.
The question remains today: Have you died to your own efforts? Do you trust God enough to meet your needs on a day-to-day basis? Do you see yourself as an heir? What is the TASTE OF GOD’S KITCHEN IN YOUR MOUTH? God knows the answer and so do you!