Monday, June 9, 2014

Yes, Virginia, that's manna in our back yard!

The food miraculously sent to the Israelites during their forty years sojourn in the desert (Exodus 16; Numbers 11:6-9).  (catholic encyclopedia)

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6: 35


Give us this day, our daily bread....

It was food needed as thousands of Israelites traveled across the desert searching for
the promised land; people who were made to travel much longer than necessary due to their
failure to heed God's commands. It, along with water provided in mysterious ways, was
totally sustaining.

There's grace and then there is grace. There is salvational grace, grace provided by
God that, though not deserved, allows His creatures to be saved. It is the grace that
most folks think of when grace is discussed. It is a monumental gift that pulls us out of
conflict with God and into adoption as His sons and daughters through, and only through,
the work of Jesus Christ.

But there is another very important grace; it is provisional grace, that grace which
allows us to survive. Without this grace, we would not live. This is a grace that is given
each minute we exist, one that provides the necessary life-giving things like a beating
heart, breathing lungs, an environment so closely fine-tuned that the slightest change
could well mean extinction.

When we get up out of bed, when we fix meals to eat, when we travel to work or
school, when we accomplish anything, it is through the provision of our Father in
heaven...we didn't allow or cause any of it to happen. 

So how should this make is feel? Well, I'd start with a good dose of thankfulness!
It's really no secret why we should glorify God, is it... without the glory of God we,
his clay, would not exist. He is a sovereign, loving, all powerful and all knowing
God. We.... are served well by remembering His grace each and every time we
pray!

Praise God!