(Numbers 11:4-6, 18-20 ESV) Now the rabble that was
among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept
again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we
ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks,
the onions, and the garlic. 6 But now our strength is dried up, and
there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”
18 And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves
for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing
of the LORD, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better
for us in Egypt.” Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall
eat. 19 You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or
ten days, or twenty days, 20 but a whole month, until it comes out at
your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected
the LORD who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we
come out of Egypt?”’”
My wife and I recently went on a cruise and boarded
the next generation of cruise ships' maiden voyage for our vacation.
The ship was called "The Dream". Beautiful ship, beautiful
accommodations, beautiful people and gourmet food without end.
After the first day of travel, I mused to myself, "I wonder how much it
would cost to just cruise around the world for one whole year?"
It wasn't until the fifth day of the cruise,
"Chocolate Day", eating my chocolate covered banana fritters, that the
formerly "beautiful people' around me started looking like just so may
hogs at the trough. And I was right there with them; "pigging out" on
the infinite variety of chocolate covered "slop".
Oh, let me return to my simpler life, to the love and
fellowship of my church, my family and even the uniformed faces of those
in the prison I serve as chaplain. I want my spiritual food,
again. Keep the escargot, château breon, and chocolate covered
banana fritters. I want the bread of life!
John 6:31-35 (ESV) Our fathers ate the manna in the
wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not
Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the
true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down
from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir,
give us this bread always.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me
shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
I thank God, it only took me five days and not 40
years to wonder around in the desert of this world's luxuries before I
became hungry again for the things of the Spirit. Two days later I
found myself home, back in church with my family. Today, I am
(Matthew 5:6 ESV) “Blessed are those
who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
by Pastor John
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