In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat. This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.'” And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat.
– Exodus 16:13-18
God provided everything the Israelites needed to survive. He gave them meat, bread, and water. Yet they still complained. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught us to pray like this: “Our Father…give us this day our daily bread.” I’m sure for all of you, you have what you need physically. We have a home, food, and clothes. If we have these, we will be content (1 Tim. 6:8). Yet we still complain.
Though God wants to and does provide physical needs, when Jesus taught us how to pray, I think he meant primarily manna for the soul. I would argue that if our soul is fed, then our external circumstances will not be worthy of complaints. Christian, what manna do you need today from the Lord? Do you need strength to enjoy him? Do you need comfort during afflication? Do you need conviction for a habitual sin? Do you need love for an enemy? Do you need patience in trial? Do you need thankfulness in bad circumstances? Do you need courage in the face of death?
I know that I need these today — and daily. I’m willing to bet that you do as well. Go to your heavenly Father for your bread today. He is more than willing to give it.