Water, Manna, & Quail | Devotion 4: Leap of Faith
If you have ever needed confirmation that God will supply your needs, Exodus 16:13-36 is the perfect Scripture to affirm your belief. Sometimes God arranges things so clearly perfect, but our human minds cannot rationalize what happened.
Here is a quick recap of this passage:
The Israelites have been delivered from Egyptian slavery and are about to spend significant time in the desert where there is not much to eat. God does the impossible and sends manna, a flakey and sweet wafer-like substance, every morning. Everyone gathered as much as they wanted for the day, and the manna melted away. If manna was kept overnight, it spoiled. These rules applied for six days of the week. On the Sabbath, however, no manna came. Everyone was instructed to gather two days worth the previous day. Only then would the manna last two days.
Some people will struggle to comprehend this situation. On only one particular day does the manna not spoil. There is no logical explanation here; it is simply God being God. He is not bound by the laws of nature, time, or logic; He is infinite in all aspects.
A classic movie scene from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” comes to mind. As the movie climaxes, Indiana is making his way toward the Holy Grail and must make a “leap of faith” to cross a bottomless void. From his perspective, the task seems impossible, but he puts disbelief aside and steps out in faith.
Our minds will never be able to comprehend the fullness of God’s power and wisdom. We like concrete truths. We like to feel in control of our situation and future. When our perception of control wavers, we are prone to worry, and the Bible is clear about that. Matthew 6:25-27 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
God has promised to supply our needs. Put your worry aside and focus on serving Him. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”