From The Pastor's Desk

Nothing But Manna?

The following article contains excerpts from two separate articles. One of the articles, written by Warren Wiersbe, is entitled Nothing But Manna. The other article, written by Dr. David Jeremiah, is entitled Simplify-Seeing the Importance Of Little Things. I was challenged and blessed in reading both articles and believe that you will be as well! *I have emphasized certain portions with bold lettering. MP.

Wiersbe uses Numbers 11:6 for his text where the children of Israel complain: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

He comments:
I have felt for a long time that one of the particular temptations of the maturing Christian is the danger of getting accustomed to his blessings. Like the world traveler who has been everywhere and seen everything, the maturing Christian is in danger of taking his blessings for granted and getting so accustomed to them that they fail to excite him as they once did.

Dr. Jeremiah, in writing about becoming like a little child in order to be a part of the kingdom of Heaven , says:
That means knowing how to slow down, see the world around us, be present with a sense of wonder, and be awestruck with the greatness of our heavenly Father-and the smallness of some of His blessings.

Wiersbe confronts some fundamental problems in his article. Consider this: One of the evidences that we have grown accustomed to our blessings is this spirit of criticism and complaining. Instead of thanking God for what we have, we complain about it and tell [H]im we wish we had something else. . .Another evidence of this malady is the idea that others have a better situation than we do.

He does not, however, merely diagnose this common problem that most of us have. He offers a solution: Constantly give thanks to God for all [H]e gives and all [H]e does. A thankful heart, lost in wonder of God’s grace and goodness, will never take God’s blessings for granted. Just as a little child is constantly filled with wonder at what life brings him, so the maturing believer must marvel at God’s gifts and God’s provisions.

Concerning this matter, David Jeremiah used Gypsy Smith as an example-Gypsy Smith, a famous evangelist of a bygone day, came to the Lord as a boy living in a gypsy wagon, and he later went into the ministry and labored until he was well up in years. People used to ask him, ‘Gypsy, how do you manage to stay fresh, to maintain your zeal and excitement?’ His answer was, ‘I’ve never lost the wonder of it all.’

In conclusion, consider these words of admonition from Dr. Jeremiah: Pay attention to the small things. Remove the clutter from your mind, and be grateful for simplicity. Be present enough to relish the grace of everyday blessings. Let your worship be filled with wonder, your faith overflowing with sincerity, and your life attuned to the splendor of the ordinary.

Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Mar.25, 2017