The story of biblical Manna begins in the book of Exodus, chapter 16, when the Israelites had escaped from captivity in Egypt, and were now found in the wilderness, less than impressed with the lack of food…
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day.
11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
14 When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. 15 The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was.
17 So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. 18 But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.
31 The Israelites called the food manna. (meaning ‘what is it?’)
Manna is not something that you go out and search for, Manna comes to you. It meets you where you are and provides you with what you need to face the day. Some of the Israelites gathered a lot, and some gathered a little, each collecting an amount that aligned with the size of their need. We as Manna are here to be present, to be a blanket across the land, for people to take hold of and relate to individually and personally.
This Manna is not just there in the moment. It is ongoing, sustaining, and continually feeding. Its provision is new every morning, and its impact is different for each person that tastes it.
When God created you, he created a unique being. There is no substitute, imitator, or alternative for you. No one else is able to bear His image in the way that you do, and express His wonders in the way you can. With that in mind, Manna Community chooses to see you as that individual, and is here to help support you with the tools, encouragement, and sustenance (whatever form that may take) for you to go forward on this journey called life.
Manna didn’t just feed people. It had another, more beautiful purpose: ‘Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’ – God wants to be known. The manna displayed the love of a Father who wants to provide for your every need, and know you personally. Even when we choose not to see Him, He rains down provision from Heaven just to show us how much He truly loves us. Our calling, as Manna Community, is to pass this on as best we can. One of the amazing things about God is He loves to use His people, His creation, to display His wonders. ‘
You give them something to eat’ were the words that Jesus spoke to His disciples prior to a massive miracle of provision for thousands of people, and also the words that God gave to us at the very start of our journey as Manna Community. We can all be Manna to those who need it, to each other, to pass on the love of our Good Good Father.