Manna From Above

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Proverbs 10 vs 4

“Lazy hands make for poverty, but dili­gent hands bring wealth.”

There is some­thing very in­ter­est­ing about the story of the chil­dren of Is­rael that I shared with a good friend of mine last week. If ap­plied prop­erly, the same prin­ci­ple should re­late to our lives.

Did you know that the chil­dren of Is­rael were given manna as food from heaven but the con­di­tions at­tached to that was that they had to gather the manna be­fore it could be eaten? There was some kind of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity re­quired in or­der to par­take of the gift of food that was pro­vided di­rectly from above.

God, in His wis­dom, de­cided that He would pro­vide His peo­ple with food but the manna would only be eaten af­ter be­ing gath­ered. So in or­der to eat and be nour­ished, one had to play their part.

Our lives are some­what like that, we have been pre­sented with op­por­tu­ni­ties, things that we could be do­ing or should be do­ing. The world is our oys­ter, our Gar­den of Eden or Si­nai desert where we are to­tally de­pen­dent on God’s pro­vi­sion. For us to en­joy this pro­vi­sion, we are some­times tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of en­sur­ing that we pick up the manna and gather it be­fore we eat it.

So many of us are bit­ter with the Lord, we get an­gry and want to give up be­cause things are not go­ing our way. We ex­pect ev­ery­thing to be done for us, but the con­di­tion at­tached for some of the bless­ings we ask for is that we pick up and gather where we are re­quired to.

Is there manna in what­ever form of ac­tiv­ity that you should be do­ing for your dreams to come true? Maybe you need to write ex­ams, go to school or travel a dis­tance to find your utopia. What has been pre­sented to you that you know you need to get to?

Some­times we lead av­er­age and mediocre lives all be­cause we do not want to put in the ef­fort re­quired to get things done. The Lord will look af­ter His own but be­ing lazy and mak­ing ex­cuses will not un­lock the doors to the dreams you have been birthed with.

It’s some­times eas­ier to be bit­ter and an­gry with those that are suc­cess­ful but if you take a close look at their lives, you will see that they work hard, never give up and are al­ways in the bull’s ring fight­ing. How do you spend your days, what do you do with the time that you have been gifted, do you just sit about and do noth­ing?

It could be that some­times God puts you in a wait­ing room where noth­ing seems to be hap­pen­ing and ev­ery thing is very slow, but this wait­ing pe­riod will come to an end. Pray for the dis­cern­ment to know when the sea­son to pick up manna has been pre­sented to you and for you to have the courage and the en­ergy to do so.

You have no one to blame but your­self when you fail to ex­plore or grab the op­por­tu­ni­ties that you have been given. There may be peo­ple who are in your life but you have not taken the time to ask them for ad­vice. It’s not only about money but some­times a good con­ver­sa­tion could be all you need to turn your life around. Take a close look at ev­ery­thing around you, ask your­self what con­sti­tutes manna and start gath­er­ing it.

The more you gather, the more nour­ished you be­come. That ap­plies to so many things in your life, break the el­e­ments down and be­gin to lead the life that was des­tined for you.

The chil­dren of Is­rael picked up the manna, ate it and lived. What do you need to pick in or­der for you to live? Pick it up and gather it, that’s how God in­tended it to be.

Be blessed

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