Worried about money?

I wish I were rich, I would make sure that no child, or adult, went without a gift on Christmas Day. I would make sure that everyone had a full stomach! It hurts to see pictures of starving children, or people living under a bridge or on the street, I do what I can to help but it is never enough. I am grateful for what I have, and although I can’t do as much as I would have at one time, I can still afford to buy a gift for my family and for that, I am happy. There are a lot of people in a financial crunch and I know many people who are actively seeking employment and are having a hard time getting hired. The lack of money never scared me because I grew up with parents that taught me about God’s provision power. I know that it sometimes feels as if you are praying and not being heard and if that’s you then ask someone to agree with you for your need. The Bible tells us that “if two of you agree on earth as touching anything they ask, it will be done for them by the Father, Which is in heaven!It’s in the power of agreement!

In thinking on these things, today, the word Manna came to me so I got out my Bible and found that there are seventeen references to Manna. Manna was the heavenly bread supplied to the Children of Israel while they were in the desert for forty years! They had complained that in leaving Egypt (guess they weren’t thinking about the fact they were slaves) they left the “garlic and leeks”! I am sure that Moses got tired of their complaining and went to God. God saw their need and sent the Manna. When the dew fell every evening, so did the Manna. All they had to do was to go out and pick up enough to supply their family’s food for the day, if they picked up more than they needed it would rot! God wanted them to learn to have faith, not to fear and to not be greedy! Maybe Jesus thought about that when He said “give us this day our daily bread” when He gave the Lord’s Prayer! After all Matthew 6:25-26 says “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds. He shows us in this verse how much we are cared for! Let us think more about the Bread of life than the loaf of bread. Matthew 26:26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” 1Corinthians 11:25-26 On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”  In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

We should realize that Jesus becomes our heavenly Manna, the supplier of our needs, the healer of our bodies and our Bread of Life! The Word of God never grows old or goes out of style! Accept Jesus as your Bread of Life and you will never be “hungry” again!

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