What Is It?

What Is It?

26 January 2009


14 When the dew disappeared later in the morning, thin flakes, white like frost, covered the ground. 15 The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked. And Moses told them, “It is the food the Lord has given you. 31 In time, the food became known as manna. It was white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey cakes. (Exodus 16:14-15, 31 NLT)


God had accepted full responsibility for giving direction, protection, and provision to his people when he brought them out of Egyptian slavery to become his special people. God took full responsibility and he had a workable plan.

The problem for the people is that they couldn’t see things from God’s perspective. They were fairly clear about the pillar of cloud and fire for direction. It was hard for them to see the Red Sea as part of God’s plan for protection because they saw it as an impassable obstacle and God saw it as a doorway of escape for them and a weapon of destruction for Egypt. When the manna showed up, their response was “What in the world is this?” and God’s response was “This is a totally balanced diet that will keep you completely dependent on me!”


I have to admit that my response is often in the “What is it?” category. I’m thankful for God’s grace and for his patience with me as I learn the lessons of his direction, protection, and provision again and again.


Father, this morning I think about instances of your clear direction for Jean and me and I thank you for never leaving us confused. I think of instances of your protection and I thank you for never leaving us helpless. I think of instances of your provision and I thank you for your faithfulness. Sorry for my oft-repeated “What is it?” response to your goodness. Amen.

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